Why yes, she is rather different from the dancing water sprite I had up before, isn't she? But in truth, both represent aspects of me.
On the surface, part of the reason I changed pictures is an acknowledgment of my newfound "evilness" from my post a couple days ago. Just being silly, and looking for a different picture.
Part of it goes deeper, though. I have parts of my spirit I'd rather not see. And I have on occasion had flashes of insight when dealing with others, and realized things that they would rather no one knew about, including themselves. An acquaintance put it this way, when I asked her candidly why she had such trouble looking me straight in the eye. She said, "You see things I don't want you to see."
It is not right to be so focused on the light that it is all we can see. Nor is it right to use light as a way of hiding from darkness, for we are all made up of both. We are beings of twilight.
So this new avatar of mine, this dark elf, is a reminder to me to look steadily into the darkness so that I may neither fear it nor be snared by it. The beings of twilight do not do well when they focus on one side to the exclusion of the other. I am learning to live in both parts of life.