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... :))