The Warrior archetype is showing up all over the place for me. According to Jose and Lena Stevens of The Power Path School of Shamanism we all have the Warrior even if we have another over-riding personality or archetype. I am primarily of the “artist” archetype and often have a difficult time tapping into my inner warrior. The Power Path 2016 Trends forecast indicates that this year will have an energy of dominance and aggression. It could be very beneficial to utilize my inner warrior So, how do I reach my Warrior?
Well in late February I pulled the Tarot Card: II High Priestess and chose to work with it as inspiration for a mixed media sculptural art piece. I had two 5th grade girls coming in after school and they wanted to work on sculpture boxes. It is sometimes easiest to teach by example. So, this was to be my example! I like to work on process pieces that evolve over time answering some inner subconscious questions for me. (Learned through my time spent at Whispers from the Moon) This piece did just that.
I began my sculpture on an old blue box with the brand title “Crown” embossed upon its cover. I created a tape and foil female figure with a long flowing skirt. Each week she gathered more details. Paint in violet and a red flowing skirt, beads, a “sea glass” face and jewels in her skirt. Her hair was wild like vines with silver sparkles. Her arms outstretched. Yesterday I finished the box by collaging a magazine cutting that I had snipped and held in the box from the first day of the project. “It’s a New Day!” I then water-colored a sun-rising from the eastern edge of the box (This was inspired by Rebecka Eggers vision for over-coming the Domination System through the symbolism of the Great Eastern Sun of Chögyam Trungpa.)
Last night I finished reading book that I started a few days ago, Coming Alive! Spirituality, Activism, & Living Passionately in the Age of Global Domination, by Rebecka Eggers. (mentioned in yesterday’s post) In the final chapter Egger’s states, “I want to address the aspects of the Passionate Warrior that are contained within the one who came to me. Ishtar is inside of me. She is knocking around the edges of my being threatening to explode in a red-hot fountain of lava. Can you feel her too?” Today I went to my trusty source Google, to find a comparison of Ishtar to the High Priestess. I found this at the Tarot of Eli: “The Thoth- THE HIGH PRIESTESS. The Tarot High Priestess ….represents the Supreme Mother, without her smiling mask, revealing a True face of cold yet beautiful countenance. This “cold and beautiful continence is also known as Ishtar (Sumerian Inanna/Ananna), who is depicted on The Babylonian key 2 card. One of Her titles was Belit (demonized by the Christians) the feminine of Bel, meaning Lord. As does the Moon, which is the planet attributed to The High Priestess, she has her “light and Dark” sides. Complex and of many roles, Ishtar/ Inanna (Lady of Heaven), had Three distinct Functions (As does the Three Paths of the Upper Triangle of the Tree of Life).”
Yes, Ishtar has indeed come to me. I can feel her. My Ishtar has a face of polished glass, cold yet beautiful. She has a skirt of Lava. From the Tarot of Eli, “The Thoth High Priestess is shown with all veils removed, all illusion is dispersed, and we must face the crystalline reality of our own absolute free will when facing her; a task not for the weak who fear mortality.” Yesterday I also felt compelled to add the word “Crone” to the box. In my mind the word Crone played off the existing word on the box “Crown”. I believe you earn your crown as a crone! And as the silver threads start to appear on my head I just smile and tell myself my crown is coming. The Crone is also a female character who has aged out of the fertile years, she is a bit more androgynous. The Tarot of Eli goes on to say, “the High Priestess is the Womb of Consciousness, but she is both Male and Female, much like a Hermaphrodite (Hermes-Aphrodite) that can impregnate itself.”
Through synchronicity, my dear friend, artist and writer, Sallie Wolf discussed her encounter with the Warrior at our March New Moon Meeting. (I am part of a small group of artists and writers who meet monthly to set our creative intentions, plan action steps and witness the progress for each other) Sallie had felt some inner resistance when her yoga teacher had asked the class “what are you a warrior for”. I’ll let you read her story HERE.
Today is the April New Moon. I feel it is the Warrior New Moon. It is also “a New Day” symbolized by the rising Great Eastern Sun. Let us bring the Sun, the Stars and the Moon together, masculine and feminine, for a new Dawning. My Warrior looks like the High Priestess, Ishtar. I am a (Com)-Passionate Warrior for utilizing my talents and skills as a catalyst for Change through A Stitch In Time Saves.
Post-Script: yes, the boxes that my students created turned out wonderful too. See their finished creations at www.PamelaPenney.com.