Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (4 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   5 comments
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Life Arts

Emerging Archetypal Themes: Service Without Self-Sacrifice: Virgo: 'Mistress of Spices'

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Cathy Lynn Pagano     Permalink
      (Page 2 of 2 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page.
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H4 9/5/12

Author 331
Become a Fan
  (154 fans)
- Advertisement -

She takes this path when she leaps into the ocean, escaping the pirates.    She is eventually washed ashore on a magical island, where First Mother has gathered young girls to teach them how to care for and understand Spices.   She teaches these girls so they can go out into the world and keep the magic of India alive for those Indians who have immigrated to foreign lands.  

First Mother warns the girls that serving the spices demands that they give up their lives for the spices. The path of their service demands self-sacrifice.   They are charged with three rules when they go out into the world to be of service: They must never use the spices for their own desires, they can never leave their shop and they must never be touched.    The girls must be free of personal desires; if they fail in their duty, they are told that the spices will punish them.

- Advertisement -

Here is the old belief that serving others entails self-sacrifice.   It is true with regard to the issues of power and control.   Serving others can't be about the ego, because then you don't listen to what others really need. If power and domination are the end-game of spiritual powers, we walk a dark path indeed.   Since these powers are very real, they need to be used responsibly and in service to the world.  

But the Piscean vision of service has been one of self-sacrifice -- of the body, of the emotions, of one's very freedom.   The First Mother's rules are very much like a nun's vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.   These rules bind women's lives until all that is left for them is service.   This form of service constellates when a Virgo gets so consumed with work that there is nothing else in her life.   She must make things perfect and perfection is a hard taskmistress.

When these young "mistresses of spices' must remain so virginal that they are literally "untouchable', the Virgo archetype is clearly out of balance.   Virgo's virginity has nothing to do with sexuality, but rather with having your own sense of purpose.   Virgo's true virginity is fresh and full, bringing with it a sense of "belonging to oneself' in the midst of endless possibilities.   Our old beliefs about virginity and service are being questioned here.   Do these old rules and beliefs still serve a purpose or is it really a matter of consciousness and choice?

Tilo finds her place in Oakland/San Francisco, where she runs a Spice Emporium.   People come to her with their problems and joys, and she listens to what the spices tell her is needed.   And so she counsels and cooks and helps them get through their lives.   She believes that each person has their own special spice.   Her spice is sesame, the spice of nourishment, which is what she gives to all who come into her spice shop.   And while she might not be happy, she is content.   Until the day she looks out her window and sees Doug, an American architect, working outside her shop.  

- Advertisement -

Continued at: The Bard's Grove

Next Page  1  |  2

- Advertisement -


- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It
Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, August 5-6, 2009

The Cosmic Story: Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, May 24-25, 2013

The Cosmic Story: Aries/Libra Full Moon Eclipse, October 18, 2013

Sagittarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, June 15, 2011

The Cosmic Story: Gemini Full Moon, December 17, 2013

The Cosmic Story: Libra Lunar Eclipse 2014