The Heart is a Closed Lotus

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Mini Original Painting - Honey Watercolour on Paper - 67x67mm - Framed

The mermaid Adhira is a daughter of the Moon, born from her tears that fell into a forest pond one dark night. Once touching the bottom, these tears turned into magical seeds that later grew into a cocoon from which she blossomed and came to life. Since then her destiny has been to test travellers through the deep woods that have lost their way - she gives them a riddle to solve that reveals the purity of their soul. If they pass the test, she shows them the way and rewards them with a gold coin. If they don't, she turns them into pond fish  or frogs that serve her for the rest of their lives.  

In symbolism the lotus is a sign of spiritual enlightenment, of the purity of heart and mind. It grows in muddy waters and above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty - coming from the darkness and blossoming in the light. (Source: Dictionary of Symbols, Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrandt, 1991)