Freya in The Garden of Soul (Ep 10)- Photo & Text by Irina Gache

 Freya in the Garden of Soul is an episode-based surrealist novel that I decided to publish online as I go along with the writing process. It focuses on the journey of a character named Freya in the realms of the unconscious where she meets and interacts with different phantasmagorical characters that challenge her sense of self through different riddles and sayings that may be perceived as subtitle advice from inner guides.

Full of metaphors, parables, and leads, Freya aims to lead the reader into a journey of inner discovery that anyone can relate to if immersed into the story with an open mind. She will question herself, what she sees, feels and thinks and the world in the labyrinth she found herself into, provoking everyone that enters with her to do that as well.

Irina Gache

          Freya walks calmly on the meadow holding the key that the snake handed her, thinking to herself: “What shall I be looking for?”. Just as she finished the thought she hampered on something on the ground and falls. When getting up notices something in the grass, merely visible. She reaches for it and finds a tarot card, The Magician. “On the Gods and Goddesses, I remember this one, I feel like I lost it at some point…” says Freya happy of her newly found lost object. She takes the card and holds it close to her heart and continues her walk.

          “Freya! You’ve found me!” she hears a voice. She looks everywhere but doesn’t see anyone.

          “Who’s that? I can’t see you!” asks her trying to figure out who is speaking to her. She looks at the trees, at the leaves, knowing in this realm everything could speak.

          “Freya, before you see me, you have to feel me and know me! You know already though, so don’t let yourself played by the rigid structure of the mind.” Says the voice again.

          Freya closes her eyes and takes a deep breath. As she continues to breathe her heart beats faster and faster and her body gets warmer. Her right-hand starts vibrating with a lot of energy. She opens her eyes and looks at her hand, holding the Magician card. She smiles, feeling everything like something she once forgot is coming back to her.

          She looks in front and a beautiful door, like that of an ancient temple appears. Without giving much thought to it, she uses the key the snake gave her and steps through in a beautiful garden full of colorful flowers.

          Suddenly she feels an old fear rushing through her body. A man appears, dressed in an orange robe. “You have a question. I am here to help facilitate the process to finding the answer within you.” he says. He reaches his arms up and a big book appears in front of her, levitating in the air. “ Ask the book and you will find the answer.” He tells her before he vanishes.

          Freya looks at the book and thinks about the question. The books’ pages start turning faster and faster and a hologram appears showing like a movie a baby being born, growing up, going through life, giving birth as well, getting old, dying and then getting born again like an eternal cycle. She smiles as the hologram and book vanish and says: “The cycle of life, death, and rebirth.”

         A woman in white appears in front of her smiling. Freya recognizes her. “Oh my, you heard my calling. I am so sorry for not trusting you when you wanted to help me. I was very scared of everything that happened.”

          The woman tells her: “It’s ok, I understand you, we can start over.”

      They unite their hands and a big white light comes from the union. “You are now ready, Freya! We’ll be embarking on a journey together.” Says the woman and they start walking together through the garden holding hands, until they reach a door. Freya opens the door with the key, looks at the woman and says: “Ok, let’s go!” and they step together beyond.

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About the author: Irina Gache is a visual artist and writer from Bucharest, Romania. You can find more about her by checking her portfolio or by following her on Facebook. Stay tuned for her next episodes.

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Irina Gache is a visual artist and writer from Bucharest, Romania. Her main preoccupation is photography but she also loves to give life to images through other media like paintings and collages. When she writes she does it in a surrealist way and allures the reader into the text by making it very visual and with riddle-like challenges. "I like my text to move like a motion picture in the reader's mind where he/she can project himself/herself into. When I write I see a whole movie being created".

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