Dear Ms. Q
That is really a good question I thought I’d answered that before, but it’s worth repeating, I may even do a page on it.
But the reason why I chose this particular image came about through several reasons.
I saw the Val Lewton Movie “the Leopard Man” some years ago and when I was able to collect it on DVD, I was happy to re-visit it again.
Val Lewton’s movies always had some image of either a man or woman changing into an animal perhaps a variation of the were-wolf stories. So there was always some sort of metaphysical message in it.
His best known film is “The Cat People”. But he did a series of 11 or 13 horror films that followed a bizarre mystical and strange path, sometimes showing in a mystical way or message, what can happen when the energies you attempt to control get loose from you.
These films can be found in the The Val Lewton Horror Collection (Cat People / The Curse of the Cat People / I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher / Isle of the Dead / Bedlam / The Leopard Man / The Ghost Ship / The Seventh Victim / Shadows in the Dark) on Amazon.
Another reason was that I’d admired the courage of the actress, a beautiful woman, willing to work with an essentially wild animal, it didn’t matter that the animal had been hand-raised and trained, its nature is to be wild. And she had it on a leash as well.
To me that became symbolic of working with the magical energies that surround us. The witchcraft or hoodoo aspect of working with them. We have to appear as a normal person to the mundane world, yet ply our craft, to protect ourselves and our love ones.
This power much like the leopard is neither positive nor negative, it is neither white, black nor grey, it simply exists, acting on natural instinct, waiting for direction either by its own desires or at the direction of who chooses to use it.
But we have to keep it on a very careful and tight leash, otherwise it can turn on you much like that black leopard could easily turn on that young woman, the only thing she has to control it is that leash and her will.
She is framed in that door way alone, no one else except her will, and the power that she has at hand.
That is why when I caution you about something that I present or write about, it also means that either I have experienced the backlash first hand or know someone personally who has had that happen.
Another reason for this image is I love vintage clothing and the styles from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 50’s, were so elegant and lady-like as well as business like, a far cry from the flip-flop, muffin top, pajama wearers that I see so often at Wal-mart or Target, it gets very discouraging at times, so when they see me dressed so very nicely, it’s a shock to them.
But frankly I want to remind them that by being elegant, and not dressed like those muffin top or skanky persons that I see on the Jerry Springer show (and others like it), you can attract positive response and respect from many people, and you can do that even if you have to buy your clothes from Goodwill or Salvation Army, look for good quality things that will give you a good image of yourself, exercise even if it’s walking, eat less of the fast foods, and more on the salads and soups, stop drinking the overly sweet soda’s, and drink more water, avoid fry foods and you’ll lose weight, slowly but you will lose it.
And while you are losing weight dress elegantly, every time, even if it’s to go to the market, make it an event. I do it, and I look younger than my 70 years, I’ve had people swear I look like I’m in my 50’s. It’s amazing what properly applied makeup and dressing nicely can do.
Even the professional stripper Dita Von Tesse does it.
And by controlling what you eat, and improving what you wear, you can control the energies around you as well, because if you feel better about yourself and your image your positive energy level will soar and when it soars, so can you control your workings, and you will find that you will Walk like the Queen that you are, not as a victim.
That is what that image represents.
Blessings Ms. Q