For some reason, this week’s card feels RIGHT and I am drawn to it: Artemis – Selfhood.
How can we look at, learn from, and work with her energy this week?
Artemis, another multidimensional Goddess reduced by the Greeks to the domain of moon, virgin, huntress, and childbirth, really represented the Feminine in all her aspects. She was the huntress who protected animals and the virgin (whole and complete unto herself) who made love in the woods. When Artemis was a little girl, Zeus, her father, wanted to give her a gift and asked her what she wanted. Artemis replied: I want to run forever wild and free with my hounds in the woods and never, ever marry.
Meaning of the Card:
Artemis has shot her arrow of selfhood into your life to help you focus on yourself. Have you been too much at the service of others without making sure you get what you need for yourself? Has it been too long since you had time to yourself or a space of your own? Do the boundaries of your selfhood seem blurred and indistinct? Do you feel you have no right to a self of your own, but must always be thinking of others, putting their needs first, until you don’t know who you are or what you want? Now is the time to come into yourself. Now is the time to pay attention to the whispering voices of your own needs. Now is the time to take yourself back and celebrate and strengthen who you are. Artemis says that wholeness is nurtured when you honor, respect, and give time to yourself. She also asks how you can expect to hit any targets if you don’t have a self from which to shoot?
Ritual Suggestion: Taking Yourself Back
This can be done at any time and in any place. You may choose to do it alone or in front of the person or people to whom you have given pieces of yourself.
Sit, stand, or lie with your spine straight. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and release it. Take another deep breath, breathing into your womb, your center.
Look at your body.
Ask yourself if there are any missing pieces.
Open to allow yourself to get a sense, image, or feeling of where those missing pieces are.
For example: did you give your lover your joy piece and now can’t experience joy without him/her? Did you give your children a large chunk of yourself and now that they’re grown you feel lost?
Call those pieces home.
Sense, feel, or see those missing pieces coming back to you.
Let them reenter your body and, as they do, feel yourself grow stronger and more vital.
When you are finished taking yourself back, you may want to reinforce your boundaries and name your pieces.
Thank your pieces for returning, and open your eyes. Welcome back!
Take care of yourself this week, dear reader!