Monday, August 24, 2015

Goddesses in the Dust: Of Sharks and Seas

An archaeologist unearths the Divine Feminine, one archetype at a time...

Here in one of my favorite parts of the world, South Carolina. After my run this morning I headed out to the beach for a swim. Strangely, there were no other folks in the water, they were all just standing along the shore. Nonplussed, I headed out into the surf. I love to lie on my back in the water, looking up at the sky, and listen to the sound of Mother Ocean as she lulls me into a light trance. 

Just as I was floating and cooling off, I saw a man yelling at me and waving his arms. As I walked towards him, he told me the reason no one was in the water was that two sharks were sighted. I nodded and thanked him for alerting me - just as I turned around to look back at the ocean, I saw a fin poking up above the waves, gliding directly in the area I was just serenely floating. 

They were two baby black tip sharks. As the life guard said, "they won't take off a limb, but they might bite you."

So noted. In Greek mythology, Amphitrite is the goddess of the sea and consort of Poseidon. The next time I take a dip, I will invoke her protection. In the mean time, looking forward to more of enjoying the ocean...

but maybe from a bit of a distance for now... :))

Monday, August 10, 2015

Goddesses in the Dust: Female Olympians and the Kickass Woman's Manifesto

An archaeologist unearths the Divine Feminine, one archetype at a time...

As an archaeologist who has excavated in Greece, I spend a lot of time contemplating the energies of the goddesses. The goddess who comes to mind when reading the above words is Artemis, because this independent lady lived out her days hunting in the woods with her companion animals and fending off the advances of lascivious gods and mortals. 

But in their own way, each goddess has a kick ass attribute. Take Aphrodite, for example. 

Here she is (on permanent view in the Athens National Archaeological Museum) fending off the advances of horny Pan, with her sandal. This kickass lady doesn't even seem perturbed by this little creep!

Or how about Demeter...

After her daughter, Persephone, was abducted into the Underworld by the god of hell, Hades, Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, vowed to let nothing grow until her daughter was returned to her. After a great outcry, Zeus forced his netherworld dwelling brother to give back the lady's daughter or else - and he did....kick ass!!

Most people don't think old ladies are powerful. But you don't know Hecate.

As goddess of the night, moon, magic and the crossroads, Hecate is the Crone of the Triple Goddess group which includes the Maiden, Persephone, and the Mother (Demeter). Often depicted holding two torches, she is the goddess of transitions, and sees life with an even sense of detachment, developed from a lifetime of experience. As the elder form of Persephone, she is the wise woman, who has gained great wisdom over time, who can now see in the dark, and knows the way to the Underworld and back. Hecate gives the word crone a new kick ass meaning!!

Once again, a housewife doesn't come off sounding very kick ass, either...

As the Greek goddess of the hearth and home, Hestia was actually devoured by her father at birth along with her siblings. As the first to be ingested, she was the last to be ejected, thus making her both the oldest and youngest daughter at the same time - truly a kick ass achievement!

What attributes do you think make a kick ass woman?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Meaning of Enthusiasm

Entheos, the root of the word enthusiasm, comes from the Greek 'to be filled with God'. Lately as I've contemplated starting new writing projects, I've felt a difference in how I approach my work. If I push myself to write just for the sake of knocking out the word count, I often feel there is emptiness to that approach. I do believe that there is benefit in starting to write when I don't feel inspired (which is often) and do often find that inspiration catches up to me. 

But the times when I feel most thrilled to be writing are when the words, sentences and stories seem to be spinning from a very deep and excited place in me - it's almost as though I can't wait to get the words down on the page. When that happens - I feel completely enthusiastic - "filled with God" - and the whole process of writing feels like a divine dance. 

How do you writers out there work? Do you subscribe to the BIC principle (butt in chair) or do you often feel filled with a divine sense of creative power — or perhaps both? 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Goddesses in the Dust: Greece and Pluto

Economically, things have been bad in Greece, but they are about to get worse. These lines at ATMs remind me of stories I read about the Great Depression and runs on the banks. 

I have many friends in Greece and am very concerned about how things will pan out in the coming days, weeks and months. If Greece leaves the EU, which seems imminent, then they will have to return to the drachma. With the country in economic collapse, how will they print their own currency? They can't even pay their own paychecks. Banks are closed, so how will people survive and pay their bills? 

So many questions unanswered. I can't help but think of the god Pluto. You know, that planet on the outer reaches of our solar system that was just demoted as a planet? Well the word comes from ploutos, which means wealth in Greek. Pluto (known as Hades in Greek mythology) is the god of the underworld, which rules the bowels of the earth, including excrement, and all manner of things taboo that folks don't want to discuss. But in order to heal these things, they must be brought up into the light and that means some serious digging. Yet Pluto also rules the riches and wealth to be found in the earth's crust, so there is duality to this deity. There where you find shit you can also find diamonds. 

I wish my beloved Greek companions the ability to dig deep and discover the massive wealth that is buried just beneath the surface of this powerful and ancient culture. It is the indomitable spirit of the people that will be its saving grace. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Goddesses in the Dust: Be the Girl on the Right

Do you ever feel different? Like different as in: not Okay?

This photo of a little girl doing her own thing - regardless of what everyone else is doing - makes me feel better. I've always felt like the odd girl out -  but then again, who hasn't? I love this image because it speaks to the deepest part of us that says: It's OK to be who you are. It's OK to be an individual. It's not only OK - but necessary to express your creativity and authentic self. 

What it really is asking is: if you're not being who you are, if you are just following everybody else and not listening to your own inner voice, then who the hell are you being?

Amen to that, little sister. Amen to that.