When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
"Let it be."
Retablos -- tin paintings with religious themes --
are done to as a thank-you note to a saint
for intervening in people's lives.
For more Virgins, visit Rebecca's A Virgin a Day.
Be sure to read Steven's comment regarding
what Paul McCartney said about the impetus
for this work.
As for me, I think that when we dream,
there are many image threads woven through them.
Some people appear as themselves -- Paul's mother,
for example -- and the dream may be taken at
a very literal level. Other times, people are stand-ins
for archetypes, like the all loving Mother Goddess
who comes to you in dreams to impart
wisdom and crucial information
that the conscious mind is not absorbing.
From "virgin sightings" both historical and contemporary,
we know that many believe that
Mother Mary comes to them,
speaking words of wisdom,
that the believers themselves
were unwilling to claim as their own.