Aphrodite: Your body is not his temple.

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Aphrodite. The goddess of love. The standard for female beauty. Adulteress jealous slut.
 
At least that is what some of her stories would have us believe.
 
She is the unattainable standard of beauty that women must strive for. Aphrodite is example of how the patriarchy will try to control and shame you for not playing by their rules.
 
Be her in the ways men find pleasing. Don’t be like her in ways they don’t.
 
They tell us she is silly, air headed, shallow and vain.  Women are silly, air headed, shallow and vain.  Brainless fuck toys.
 
When I read her stories, I see a women who refused to be bound by patriarchal rule. Aphrodite gives zero fucks about what anyone thought and stood in her power. A power so strong that the patriarchy is still trying to bind her, control her and strip away that power.
 
Aphrodite is a woman who continues to be herself no matter what the patriarchy tries to do to her.  She owns her sexualality. Even though Zeus (patriarchy) tries to take that from her through a forced marriage.
 
The harder the patriarchy works to control, shame, or disempower a goddess, it’s a sign of how powerful she is.
 
There is nothing wrong with being a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. Confidence is sexy. Loving the fuck out of what you love is sexy. It’s part of Aphrodite’s message to us.
 

Lessons from Aphrodite:

 
Your body is your is own. This can seem like a strange idea in a society in which women’s bodies are props to be used by others. It is easy to disassociate from our bodies and the things that happen to them. Sometimes we need to do that to survive, but we can’t thrive that way. You are meant to thrive. 
 
Embrace your desires. We are taught that female desire is wrong and dirty. That desire is only something men should feel. We should inspire desire in men and be ashamed of doing something so sinful at the same time.  Desire, whether it is sexual or spiritual is guide post. It’s what makes Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass work and gets everyone where they are going.  There is no shame in that. 
 
Enjoy the physical. We have these amazing physical bodies and we work so hard to deny ourselves pleasure. A women reveling in pleasure is a powerful thing. Earth shaking. And no matter what shape our bodies come in, we all deserve to experience pleasure. Find something/someone that makes you feel good. 
 
What pleasures are you denying yourself?
What desire have you been ignoring?
How have you loved your body lately?

The shedding of a skin.

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The Myth Project, this blog, and every thing that will follow it, begins with the shedding of a skin.

It’s a too small poorly fitting skin that grows around a girl like a strange armor. It’s supposed to shield her and keep her safe, but it crushes her under its weight. It’s useless against words, fists and all the things she has been told it will protect her from.

It is only good at protecting her from her own power. Her own strength. Her own magick.

Here I shed this skin. Not in one long perfect piece like snakes sometimes do, but in little bits burned away here and there over the years.

The Myth Project is something that has been haunting me for a long time. I have done my best to ignore it.

When you do intuitive work and regularly speak with Spirits, it gets really difficult to ignore a group of goddesses demanding your attention.

I tried my best to ignore them.

To drown out their whispering, I yelled excuses. I told myself all the reasons why I wasn’t good enough for this work. It worked for a while, but the discord it caused was painful.

So I’m beginning this work. Work that I don’t have any special education in. Work that feels so overwhelming and over my head that it scares me.

Through this project I plan to explore the ways in which The Patriarchy has used and continues to use stories, myths, and fairy tales to dig it’s hooks deep into us and trick us into believing abuse is love.

It shows itself in stories of goddess who were ‘good’ or ‘bad’ based on how well the towed the Patriarchal line. It’s in fairy tales that teach girls that to be good is to bow down to the Patriarchy or be evil. It’s in the way modern romance fiction pass of abuse as true love.  It teaches boys that girls are prizes to be taken and owned.

This has to change. We can not create the world we wish to when we are still telling stories that support the oppression of women (and men).