Ceridwen, Goddess of Balance by Christina (art by Joe Blank)

Ceridwen is the goddess of balance, fulfilling humanity’s vision for a being that does not constantly struggle with disharmony in life. The unusual agility, strength, and flexibility of the Enchanted Doll body allows her to assume a wide variety of positions, as she demonstrates physically the grace and peace that comes with balance in life. Ceridwen’s headdress of bronze scales swings from a support braided into her hair, reflecting her movements and the need to carefully consider both sides of each choice. The apple she holds expresses the balance of knowledge and innocence, fullness and hunger. Ceridwen’s graceful postures are further accentuated by her specially sculpted en pointe feet with snugly fitting ballet pointe shoes.

While humans must strive to find the perfect midpoint between work and play, company and solitude, self-caring and caring for others, and more, Ceridwen is effortlessly drawn to natural harmony. Even with the smallest surface of her toes or hands on which to base the weight of her decisions, her balance is perfect.



Sif’s and Her Golden Hair by Christina (art by Joe Blank)

In an ancient Norse legend, the goddess Sif’s hair is cut off by a mischievous god. Sif’s husband, Thor, replaces it with hair made of pure gold. The legend is meant to show the origin of Sif’s supernaturally lovely and golden locks, but much of the legend focuses on Sif’s shame at being so horribly ugly. Indeed, she is convinced that her husband will love her no longer. Thor’s gift of replacement hair seems to confirm this. The hair becomes a symbol of his power and of her role as a wife. In many cultures throughout history it was only a husband who could enjoy the luxury of viewing a woman’s hair loose and unadorned. It was a woman’s responsibility to keep her hair intact for her husband’s pleasure. A woman without hair was not really a woman at all.

In this interpretation, Sif’s new hair blends into golden chains that connect to shackles on all parts of her body, representing the demand that the need for beauty places on all aspects of her daily life. On manacles are the Norse runes for Man and Property, demonstrating that her body and her appearance are considered the property of another.



Laghima, Being of Formless Light by Christina

Laghima is named after the sanskrit word for the ability to make one’s own body extremely light: to levitate. Laghima personifies the search for enlightenment, the filling of oneself with formless supreme light. Enlightenment integrates her with all of existence.

On Laghima’s body are the seven chakras, or wheels of energy. By focusing on the smooth flow of energy around these wheels, Laghima can cycle her life force up through her body, achieving levitation and enlightenment. The light of her energy is fueled by her six chakras: her earthly grounding, her sexual desire, her willpower, her compassion, her speech, and her intellect. It then passes into the seventh chakra, represented by the lotus of formless light above her head. By mastering these aspects of herself she becomes the complete human and the complete woman.

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