Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lady of Beasts, she's just not finished with us.

Thursdays' card:
I'll have to admit when this card came up again, I thought we can't have the same card two days in a row. So I shuffled draw a new card and there she was again! Three more times and each time Lady of Beasts. She insists that her voice be heard.

Over the centuries this Goddess Archetype has spread to many cultures, all of which share a similar identification with wild places and the animals that live therein. A form of the great mother goddess who births and cares for humanity. She is also seen reflected in Celtic faery myths. Where the boundaries between women and animals continually blur and melt into each other. In so many legends and folk-tales, a beautiful faerie woman turns into an animal and then disappears into the Netherworld. 

W.B Yeats reworked this archetypal theme in his famous poem, "The Song of Wandering Aengus."

I went out to the hazelwood, 
Because a fire was in my head, 

Cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread; 
And when white moths were on the wing, 
And moth-like stars were flickering out, 
I dropped the berry in a stream 
And caught a little silver trout. 

When I had laid it on the floor 
And gone to blow the fire aflame. 
Something rustled on the floor. 
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl 
With apple blossoms in her hair 
Who called me by my name and ran 

And vanished in the brightening air.

She is here again asking us to reflect on our relationships with both animals and the other humans we share this planet with. How do you nurture others? Is there something more you can do? Or are you over whelmed by helping others? Don't forget to take care of yourself and ask for help when you need it.  Remember every living thing on this planet is part of a symbiotic relationship.

1 comment:

  1. I love the Song of the Wandering and spirit...lovely!