Here is my retablo, in box form, so I can close it up to keep it safe from the world. It is a three-dimensional map of my interior world wherein each element is representative of some aspect of my psyche. The retablo and its contents have no power in themselves. The power resides in me alone. This is just a representation of what already is.
Merely opening the box does not lead to immediate knowledge. Like the human psyche, there are many containers within containers that must be opened and explored before moving on. In my retablo box, there is a bag that hides and protects the other elements.
The interior of the box shows a mandala I made several years ago. I call the image “The Tree of Life.” I am not going to explain the meaning behind the elements in the retablo. Each element is important to me and has a meaning. Make of them what you will, but I will encourage you to create your own psychic container and fill it with those elements that are meaningful to you.
Here are the contents of the bag. Starting at the top and moving clockwise: a black stone with a hand and a spiral, a heart-shaped carved piece of labradorite, a piece of abalone shell, an aqua aura quartz, a rainbow-colored fresh-water pearl, a dowsing pendulum of rutilated crystal, a scroll tied with red silk thread from my grandmother’s sewing chest.
About the scroll: it contains some words written to me over twenty-five years ago from a highly intuitive woman. I consider it a prophecy but it is one of those prophecies that is, in essence, self-fulfilling. The prophecy will come true if I allow it. What does it say? Just like the human psyche, not everything should be revealed to the world. There are some things that are buried deep within. This little scroll is like that. It is a mystery and will remain as such.
L. Gloyd (c) 2009