Mirror Mirror on the Wall?
The transformation of the wicked Queen
Anne Maria Clarke
Finding a way forward within the unfolding drama of life is hard when beauty fades. Yet as always the trusty fairytale helps by setting out the various routes before us.
"Mirror Mirror on the Wall," demands the jealous Queen.
"Who is the fairest of them all?"
You O Queen are fair 'tis true,
but Snow White is fairer far than you!
There are many such tales of maladjusted Queens wringing their aging hands and hatching elaborate plots to maintain their positions as the lovliest, most loved and admired of all. Poor things! But in the end, after all the schemes, the poisoned apples, the deathly sleep spells and the like, the young pretenders always survive these jealous, insecure Queens.
Paradoxically you see, coming to terms with nature enhances beauty. Jealousy, hanging on, not letting go, fighting the seasons, refusing change is corrosive and this is partly what the faithful mirror reflects back to us.
Age appropriate behaviour on the other hand generates an altogether different kind of woman - one that is easy on herself. In fairytale and myth such characters are not hard to find. In the tale of Cinderella for example there is a kindly soul that all young girls grow up loving: the fairy god mother who magically appears when all seems lost and helps Cinderella realise her dream of going to the ball and dancing until midnight with her handsome prince.
Appearing when all hope is lost, free from personal desire to help Cinderella escape her life of drudgery and attain her true destiny. With a wiggle of her magic wand she moves the tale toward it's Happy Ending. A humble pumpkin is changed into a fairy coach, six white mice become horses, a seventh a footman and Cinderella's rags are transformed into the most beautiful ball gown ever imagined.
This is mothering in it's highest octave. A most worthy state to which we can all aspire with enthusiasm.
The rewards are great for all concerned - for by these ways - even the most distressed wicked Queen can be redeemed so that when next she looks into the mirror of her soul it can reply most joyously.
"Snow White is still fairer by far than thee.
Yet you, Oh Queen have changed,
the lines of bitterness have softened on your face.
Your heart is at ease.
You have become kind!"
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