Published on February 23, 2014
Numina: "An indwelling intelligence or power felt in a particular place, or in the whole world...... The origins of the Roman gods may be the sense of numinous presences underlying all the processes of the natural world."
Making a mask can be a way to find a face for what is sensed, elemental, invisible, and sacred…..
Creating Story and Ritual is giving them a voice
In traditional cultures masks are power objects, tools for the Gods to be embodied. To bless, speak, even prophecy.
Wearing a Sacred Mask is invocation, and requires psychic preparation. Care is taken to devoke as well.
"When you create within a sacred paradigm you find you are communicating with what is within you - but also has a greater source somewhere else. You collaborate with something timeless.” Elizabeth Fuller, Actress, Playright THE INDEPENDENT EYE
Each time a mask is worn by a new person a new dance is discovered…..by a community, a new story is told.
“Genus Loci” – “Spirit of Place”: What Faces do they wear? What might they say?
“The Pollinators” Transformation
Corn Mother Sustainer of the Americas
THE GREEN MAN
VOLCANO GiViNG birth tO New LANds
Flowering – “Flora”
“Our Lady of the Waters” The Desert Spring
Holy Wells The Lady of Avalon
RAINBOW For The Global Tribe
The TRICKSTER Chaos and Order
Spider Woman Weaver of the Web of Interdependency
With special thanks to Ann Waters, Mana Youngbear, and the Community of Willits for stills from “The Awakening” and to J.J. Idarius for the use of her photographs.
All masks are by Lauren Raine MFA. www.laurenraine.com All images and photos are copyright Lauren Raine and J.J. Idarius (2014)
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