This is an Invitation to Your Inner Soul Work to Find Yourself, disguised as our favorite stories, retold time and time again in our various cultures…
What are your strongest personality traits? Your mythical life story? Your powerful secret inner strengths?
Who’s your sacred Lover? What lessons do you need to integrate into your Way of Being?
Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell’s work on our inner worlds. If you’re interested in delving deep into archetypes and mythology, get up with these giants, they will rock your world!
There are so many vastly varying cultural traditions yet so many similar origin stories and archetypes. Humanity is linked together with our collective unconscious stories. The same heros show up again and again, in all cultures. They are mirrors for us.
Who are YOUR archetypes? If you’ve never thought about this, ask yourself:
1. Which characters in your favorite movies / tv shows do you identify most with? Who inspires you?
2. Investigate the “Major Arcana” of the tarot deck. Which cards speak to you most?
3. Look around your space. What figures/characters/people are represented? The visual keepsakes you hang on your walls are clues to your own, inner self.
4. What were your favorite stories as a child?If you’re familiar with Greek myths, who are your favorite Gods and Goddesses? Which, from the following list, jump out at you?
Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest
Persephone, Hades’ kidnapped bride of the Underworld
Hermes, God of Thieves and Travelers
Hephaestus, God of Fire
Aphrodite, Goddess of Love
Aries, God of War
Hera, Goddess of Marriage
Zeus, God of Lightning and Gods
Poseidon, God of the Sea
Athena, Goddess of Wisdom
Apollo, God of the Sun and Music
Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt and Wilderness
Dionysus, God of Wine
Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth
Look over your answers… Do you see any patterns emerge? These patterns can give you a clue to the personality traits you either already exhibit, or maybe you’re gravitating towards so you can learn to integrate the lessons these characters provide into your Way of Being.
I identify with several characters from our ancient stories, embodying certain traits in the humble story of my own life. For instance:
Artemis comes in handy during breakups; it was she, after all, who made her father Zeus promise to never make her marry… strong, independent spirit as she was.
I exude Aphrodite‘s essence when I’m busting out all the romance, love and appreciation.
As The Empress, I invite friends and family into my home to celebrate with decadence and a dash of debauchery.
The High Priestess in me serves as intermediary between Idea-land and this material world, allowing me to ferry illuminations across the mysterious waters through my creativity.
The Princess of Cups shows up sometimes too, with her gentle, intuitive nature, guiding my choice to be vegan, and tread lightly upon the earth.
And lastly, The Moon appears as my dreamworld, a vast and lucid journey through another land I find equally real as this one.
** Spiral Tarot by Kay Stevenson