Thalassa is an ancient Greek personification of the Sea. Some called her ‘the Mother of All’. With her male counterpart, Pontus, the storm Gods and the fish of the sea were created. Her story tells that she also gave birth to the 9 Telchines – fish children; who had flippers instead of hands and the heads of dogs. Thalassa was known as the ‘Goddess of the lonely shores’ …..a symbol for the vast non-populated shores of our planet.
Cormorants are birds which dive down deep into water to feed. In this print the cormorant symbolises the need to plunge into the deep waters of the unconcious where lies a boundless sea of feelings, desires, memories, shadows and wounding. To dive to such depths brings understanding up to the surface of our awareness. Time spent alone with only ourselves gives us space to discover and contemplate our discoveries. To be ALONE is a state of being, a joy, a fullness and a space and time when we need nobody else because we are enough. LONELINESS is an emotional response of sadness which can be painful. It is a state of feeling something is missing, or absent in our lives.
‘Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others ﬁnd inadmissible.’…. Carl Jung…he also said …No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, un- known friends will come and seek you……. I AM ALONE
‘There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar.’ BYRON