I began this year by taking vows.
It’s what we do around here.
At Imbolc in early February, the mystics and I walk with The Priestess archetype and commit our life force to the coming year.
This year I vowed to tend my Self.
It sounds simple, but it’s no small thing.
As each archetypal season rolled around, that vow was tested.
The Girl Child helped me realize my life was void of joy and loving care. She encouraged me to take action.
Then The Tantrika sauntered in and demanded that I declare my desires out loud.
The Queen helped me manifest them (and I did).
Then The Warrior stood beside me as I learned to hold myself up.
Now, The Mermaid arrives in the nick of time, just like she always does.
And boy do I need her.
She’s the archetype that will help me find the facets of my Self that I abandoned so as not to compromise my sense of security and belonging.
We all kinda do this at some point.
It’s why she’s an archetype, and not just a cartoon character.
As the earth tucks us in to 6 months of Dark, dreaming, and mystical adventure, I will be walking my talk.
I will call to my lost Self like I’m searching for a lost kitten. I will woo her back with a warm blanket and a saucer of milk.
I miss her. She’s so cool.
And I need to tell her I’m sorry.
Because I ran her off. That’s the rub. We run our own Selves off, no one makes us.
I hope she accepts my apology, because I really need her in order to move forward with my enormous life. She’s crucial.
That’s how I know that I’ve lost facets of myself. My fuel tank feels empty. I don’t have enough oomf. My life feels too hard.
So, The Mermaid archetype shows me how to reel my Self back in.
I already know why, The Warrior taught me that.
The Mermaid shows me how.
What about you?
Do you search for approval and attention? Do you fish (pun intended) for reflection, compliments, and validation? Do you seek permission to do right by yourself? Do you yearn for an other when you are alone? Is it hard to be alone?
These are indications that you may be missing parts of your Self.
When you’re missing parts of your Self, it’s the worst.
It feels like arriving on vacation and realizing your well-packed suitcase is on your bed at home.
Or if you’d left your laptop with your presentation saved on it in the uber.
The Mermaid archetype shows us how to snap our fingers and get the suitcase or the laptop (aka lost parts of our Self) back, and get on with things.
No big deal.
But very big deal if you continue to move through life without these parts.
Getting these parts back is the only way you can live the enormous life, the life that brims with love, connections, adventure, and freedom.
The life you live all on your own, without needing to be hooked to life support.
The Mermaid shows you how to support your own life.
love & finding my Self,