©Cucinell 2015

©Cucinell 2015

Forecast 4/3

Recently on a trip to Washington DC, my daughter and I explored the National Museum of Women in the Arts. As you can see from the pic, we enjoyed ourselves!

When the museum first came about in the late 80s, there was a lot of rumbling… why should there be a museum for women? Shouldn’t women simply be included in existing museums? Well, of course, in a perfect world, yes.

Although it is a spiritual path to realize each moment is perfect, if we view perfection as justice or truth, than admittedly, our world is not perfect.

The Museum for Women in the Arts is educationally, aesthetically and spiritually rewarding. If the subject of the history of women artists interests you, the groundbreaking book is Germaine Greer’s The Obstacle Race.

IMG_1333It is fitting today for me to post this piece that I saw for the first time there. It fascinated me for a few reasons.

It caught my eye because it is a Pieta that depicted Mary at an appropriate age. I had been taught that symbolically Mary is painted/sculpted as a young woman, to reflect her purity and sanctity.

I was curious who had crafted Mary to actually look old enough to be mourning her 33 year old son. The artist: Sarah Bernhardt.

It was a revelation. I knew the name for her acting renown, something she had achieved in the age of newspapers, telegrams and stagecoaches. I had no idea she was also an accomplished artist.

For my readers who are not familiar with Bernhardt, “the most famous actress the world has ever known”, the wikipedia link.

Now, to the forecast: today is a study in contrasts; strong feelings emerge which may put you at a polar opposite to your initial goal.

Although this can lead to confusion, it may eventually lead to a change in perspective.

Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt

As a result, disagreements or unexpected discussions pepper the day.

Part of the lesson here is that relationships require attention, including the art of self-awareness.

Find time to meditate, if only to take a quiet walk or listen to music with your whole body and mind. This is especially needed if you mark Good Friday.

Whether or not you are connected with the Judeo-Christian traditions that are active this weekend, the energetic weather point to moments of reflection, which can benefit regardless of faith.