by Nessa CrescentMoon
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Psyche is an ancient Greek Goddess who guides and inspires us in the effort to remember our own Divinity. Our own psyches are a mirror of our own inner Goddess. We are Divine. Psyche did not start out as a Goddess When we study the myth of Psyche, we are reminded that life takes us into dark places as well as light. She can teach us what it means to be Human and Divine.
Psyche was the youngest daughter of an king. Her beauty was such that men would worship her instead of Aphrodite. Out of jealousy for Psyche Aphrodite sent her son Cupid to shoot one of his arrows of love at Psyche so that she would fall in love with a real monster of a guy. Cupid accidentally pricked himself with his own arrow and fell in love with Psyche. It came to pass that Aphrodite’s praises were not sung and love did not abound.
Psyche’s father consulted an oracle said that Psyche must be wedded to a monster on the top of a mountain. Psyche then was led to the mountain and abandoned there. Cupid, instead telling Aphrodite that he was in love with Psyche called the winds of Zephyrus to sweep her down the mountain, and into a palace where her every wish was taken care of by invisible hands.
Cupid visited her during the night in the palace bedroom, never allowing Psyche to see him; but Psyche was alone in the palace by day.
Although they were satisfied with the relationship they had; she was lonely for her family and asked her husband to allow her sisters to visit. Cupid consented and warned Psyche of her sisters' treachery: their purpose was to persuade her to look upon his face; if she did so, she would never see him again. He also told her that she was pregnant with their child.
The sisters arrived and began hassling Psyche for details on her husband. They were amazed and jealous at the magnificence of her home, her jewelry, and her clothing. Psyche could not answer the many questions her sisters had for her, for Psyche had never seen her husband and she had no idea where his riches came from. She explained that she had never laid eyes upon the man who loved her in the dark.
Her sisters told her that her she was foolish; that this husband of hers was hiding something, he probably was a monster! Psyche was distressed by this that she forgot Cupid’s warning and took her sisters' advice. They had advised her to hide a sharp knife and a lamp, and while he slept she would be able to see if he was a monster. In the event that he was evil she should use the knife to kill him.
By following the bad advice of her sisters, Psyche found that her lover was the beautiful God Cupid. Mesmerized by Cupids beauty, she gazed at his lovely wings and forgot the knife and caressed the bow and quiver that lay at the foot of their bed; she pricked a finger on one of the arrows. Desire rushed through her, and as she bent to kiss her lover, a drop of hot oil from the lamp fell on his shoulder.
In that moment he realized that she had seen him, Cupid leapt out of bed and attempted to fly away at once; Psyche caught hold of his leg and was pulled upward with him, her strength gave out and she fell to the earth. Cupid the left her there in the valley alone and he flew to his mother, Aphrodite. Psyche was devastated.
Upon discovering Cupids love for Psyche, and hearing Cupid’s tale Aphrodite was so enraged that she had Psyche brought to her. Psyche suffered the wrath of Aphrodite, who challenged her in many ways. Psyche’s tasks symbolize our own pathways that take us on a journey of growth to transformation.
Task 1- Sorting the Seeds--- Psyche was placed in a room full of assorted grains and told to sort them by nightfall, which she did with the aid of an army of ants.
Task 2- Gathering the Fleece--- Psyche was ordered to gather Golden Fleece from the solar rams. She accomplished this by following the advice of a whispering reed, to wait until the sheep were asleep and then gathering the fleece caught on the thorns.
Task 3- Collecting the Waters –
Psyche was commanded to bring a container of water from the dangerous waters of
”Through the process of meeting the challenges of her tasks and integrating her experiences Psyche grows from an innocent young girl into a mature goddess. Psyche is a rich reminder of our imperative to grow; she reminds us that the process of life takes us into dark places as well as light, just as the butterfly emerges from the dark chrysalis into the light.” ~ Michael Babcock.
This can be used in ritual to redirect the focus inward, where our true source of power resides.
Know yourself now,
How you are now,
What you think now,
What you believe now.
You may be different,
You may think differently,
and may believe differently
in the future.
You can recall the past
Recall who you were
What you thought
What you believed
Recall that past and remember that it can not be changed
Think of the journey instead.
Who you are now
what you think of now
and what you believe now
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Excersise : 1. Write in your journal who you are, what you think, and what you believe right now.
2. Read what you write out loud to yourself, let it sink in.
3. Don’t look back until you feel the need, until you feel something has changed.
4. Repeat this process as needed throughout your lifetime. This is the journey of you.
“I sometimes get the feeling
that truth changes from moment to moment
…it’s interesting how it changes as we learn and grow”
Connecting with the Goddess Psyche
Blank paper & crayons
1 candle (your choice of color) [lighter+ candle holder]
Quartz crystals [1 or more]
A pin or a knife [or something] in which to carve symbols into the candle.
Oil of any scent, to dress the candle.
Prepare sacred space.
Perform your self blessing [ please use the oil if you like].
Sit in your sacred space and carve any Psyche’s symbols onto the candle, along with symbols that are special to you [your name, your sigil, etc…]
Dress candle with the oil.
Light your candle and connect with Psyche by inviting her into your sacred space.
Once you feel her presence, being to draw on the blank paper.
This drawing is an offering to Psyche [without & within]; whatever you are inspired to do- just let it come out on the paper.
When you are finished drawing, thank Psyche for the connection, tell her of your gift to honor her presence in your life.
The drawing, place the drawing on your altar or wherever you feel the best place for it is.
You may let the candle finish, or you can light it later to reconnect.
1) GODDESS KNOWLEDGE CARDS: Susan Eleanor Boulet Trust. Text by Michael Babcock.
3) The Illustrated Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology by Michael Stapleton
5) Metamorphoses (also known as The Golden Ass) by Apuleius 0674990498