I made another spirit doll this week. It felt incomplete until I saw Sue Vincent’s prompt – https://scvincent.com/2019/03/14/thursday-photo-prompt-sign-writephoto/
Of course! What my doll needed was a hat. I made him one from green leather then put him in the fork of a tree to take his photo.
While I was making this doll I was thinking about the mythical figure of the Green Man. It is perhaps a sign of our times that the Green Man is coming back into our awareness. The archetype has particular relevance to men as an alternative to toxic masculinity.
I found a really good explanation of what the Green Man represents for men on https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/meet-green-man-archetype-wild-soul-dg/
“he models a different kind of manhood and strength, one that is based on relationship, caring, and true husbandry or stewardship. He gives us a powerful metaphor and depiction of the Sacred Masculine.”
Writing of the relevance of this model of masculine for our times the author describes the Green Man archetype as “a strong and compassionate masculine who respects the hidden laws of nature and interconnected relationship. In a modern incarnation, he stands for environmental awareness and action; he symbolizes cooperation with nature rather than dominion over it for resources, wealth, and power. In a sense, he is the original eco-warrior.”
I really like these ideas but feel the Green Man has a relevance for us all regardless of gender. We all embody both masculine and feminine qualities to some degree. On the website https://www.tlc-uu.org/awakening-the-sacred-masculine-introducing-the-green-man/ I read:
“As the Goddess makes her return, we must also resurrect the Green Man so that both feminine and masculine are united in a healthy balance of head and heart, intellect and imagination, intuition and reason, force and flow. Cultivating a healthy sense both of our masculine and feminine sides of ourselves is the only way we will ever be able to usher in an era of new balance so desperately needed in our world today. When a healthy masculinity is established both men and women will rejoice. And so too will animals, plants and future generations. The stakes for establishing a Sacred Marriage of the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine have never been higher. Our survival hangs in the balance.”