The invisible becoming visible


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A while ago I made a spirit doll of a female shaman with horns.   This morning she caught my eye as I walked past the shelf she stands on.

Questioning me,
the antlered spirit doll
becomes archetypal

Why has she manifested in my life?

Going online I did some research.   Horned goddesses appeared in several ancient cultures but most, like the Egyptian goddesses Hathor and Isis, had cow horn headdresses.   These days images of magical females with similar horns are turning up in contemporary art and popular culture.   The Disney fairy, Maleficent is one.   Online I read a Jungian analysis of Maleficent.

“So this story of the Sleeping Beauty deals with what happens to our feminine feeling consciousness when it is repressed, ravaged and rejected by both our society and our own ego-consciousness.  When we reject this feeling and imaginative aspect of life, it gets twisted and becomes the negative mother—the witch who wants to kill us or curse us.  And we are left cursed with our masculine, left-brain thinking that cuts off our feminine wings and power, grounding us in a masculine reality that hates and fears the Divine Feminine’s beauty, freedom and power.   

But the negative mother doesn’t just make our lives miserable: she pushes us to become more conscious. Her curse ultimately becomes a blessing, since it makes each of us face our fate and live our purpose.  That’s the purpose of archetypal stories—they show us a path to travel that will bring us to greater consciousness.”  emerging archetypal themes

Maleficent is the 13th fairy – the forgotten one.   She represents the connection of women to nature.   In our patriarchal cultural this connection has been ignored – it has become invisible.

Re-appearing now
rewriting Sleeping Beauty
– magical healing

Maleficent is healed by love and the natural world around her is restored to health.    In this way the movie becomes a metaphor for reclaiming our forgotten relationship with nature – a sacred relationship of interconnectedness.

Ancient stories 
of goddesses and fairies
finding new forms

As fascinating as these ideas are they still don’t answer my question as to why the doll I made has antlers.    Following link after link online I eventually found an article about the deer goddesses and female shamans  deer mother  While I am familiar with the ancient horned god, Cernunnos, I didn’t know that there is archaeological evidence of horned females deities and shamanic figures that date to neolithic times.

Landesmuseum Halle (artist reconstruction of neolithic headdress found in Germany – image source here

These ancient female shaman are associated with the deer and reindeer of the far north.  Their sacred significance was about connection to the tree of life, motherhood, fertility, birth and rebirth

Returning to us
images of the sacred
spirit of nature


prompt:  Today’s d’verse prompt gave me a way into writing about something that’s been on my mind all morning.  My response stretches the idea of poetry and of haibun  so I hope that’s ok with Merrill – the creator of the prompt (and with the rest of the poets who write for d’verse).


27 thoughts on “The invisible becoming visible

  1. Hélène - Willow Poetry

    Your post is vividly interesting Suzanne. I look at your painting and the picture of “neolithic headdress found in Germany” finding a resemblance in its symbol. Our intuitive artist knows just what to show us when we paint. An amazing find with a deep meaning for you. Thank you for sharing. I love it.

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    1. Thanks Helene. Once again my art isn’t a painting. The figure is a 3 dimensional doll I made by dry felting wool. I took a photo of her and overlaid it onto a photo I had taken of a foggy road. I guess it was the intuitive artist at work though. I wonder what will come next. I’m thinking of doing drawings about it.

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  2. I really enjoyed reading your post and your poetry. It’s no surprise there are elements that want to keep females separated from their feminine spirits. I’m happy to hear you are working to restore your connection through the deer shaman.

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  3. This post and poetry caught my attention. I have been dealing with a family (mine) who is so
    entwined with Christianity and not the progressive sort…that this post comes as a beacon and a refreshing moment. It gave me a jolt in the head. These things (the feminine) are masked, denied, sublimated, destroyed and covered over by society and religion. It’s good to read this. Thank you.

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  4. Every time you read/see/hear something about a male ‘god’ there’s always, always an female version buried underneath a patriarchal blanket, and usually far more older and much more connected to our true natures as humans rather than the imposed ones from the ‘gods of the fathers’

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    1. That’s an interesting comment. I think (from what I’ve read) that the horned devils of Christianity are a later development – Cernunnos, the horned god of the celtic was a nature god. Fascinating stuff. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. 🙂


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