PHEME at the Walk of Fame ….

PHEME is the Greek Goddess of Fame and renown, her wrath is gossip. I picture her here within the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a place that celebrates the famous with a named star embedded in the sidewalk. The area runs for 18 blocks and is 1.3 miles long. Millions of tourists visit this area every year. This print shows PHEME contemplating the weight of fame.

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” became Andy Warhol’s best-known statement, it is said. Today we live in a manufactured celebrity culture that revolves around consumerism and is easily accessed via social media and an active gossip industry. This  not only makes sure we know just how ‘the other half live’ but further heightens celebrity status, to what may seem, a godly and archetypal status. The polished images we see before us therefore can lead to idolatry and a compulsion to mirror the persona of such well-known stars, and their lives. We observe them looking ultra perfect and living fabulous lives. In such a culture we might  turn and look back at our own lives and find a very different story. This may lead to a sense of low self-worth,  and despair of ones Self.How much is our sense of Self affected by celebrity status? How much is the sense of Self affected to those who are celebrities? 

So PHEME  also speaks to us of  LEGACY, our wish to leave a mark on the world. This ancient archetype asks  Which is the most important to us, Fame or Legacy?’ She reminds us to find meaning in our own lives and to live life everyday knowing we matter. Our lives are important and we all want to feel our life matters. Mary Oliver says:                                  ‘I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.’…                  

PHEME at the Walk of FAME
I AM KNOWN

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NIKE- The Goddess of Victory

In Greek mythology, Nike was the winged daughter of Pallas and the river Styx. The ‘winged’ goddess embodied strength, speed and victory. She flew through the sky to the deities spreading news of Victory and was close to Zeus, acting sometimes as his divine charioteer. It is said that Zeus honoured Nike by asking her to crown the winners of the ancient Olympic games with olive leaves from a sacred tree. She would attend the games by taking over the body of a priestess, and would then personally crown the proud winners.

‘Just do it’ psychology urges us to live our lives instead of just thinking about doing it . Taking action in our lives to change the things we know we need to. Finding new ways of doing requires faith in ourselves to take the chance of cutting old ties to a way of life that no longer serves us. We may succeed; we may fail; but at least we are engaging in an active response to our mortal lives. I AM WINNING

NIKE – GODDESS OF VICTORY
I AM WINNING

  • Since 1928, the Olympics Medal has sported Nike bearing her wreath of victory and the shield upon which the victor’s name is inscribed.
  • Rolls-Royce vehicles bear a  depiction of Nike on the bonnet.
  • She was  the central figure on the FIFA World Cup ‘golden goddess’ Trophy  until 1983, sadly it was then stolen for a second time and a new trophy without her on it was created.
  • She is still very much alive in advertisement, for it was the Greek goddess that inspired the name and logo of the famous sport shoe manufacturer. NIKE has been the leader in the world of sports equipment and apparel since 1978 and is estimated to employ 44,000 workers around the globe. JUST DO IT is a trademark of shoe company Nike, and one of the core components of Nike’s brand.
  • For the swoosh symbol that appears on the side of each Nike shoe, Nike employee Carolyn Davis was paid $35 for the design. Rumor has it she later received an undisclosed amount of stock options as well.
  • A sculpture dating back to 424 to 203 BC is known as “Nike of Samothrace” was unearthed in 1863  canbe seen at the Louvre Museum in Paris. (one of my most favourite sculptures!)

 

Michael Johnson won Olympic 200m and 400m double at the Atlanta 1996American was wearing sparkling gold shoes that are now legendary

 

 

 

 

 

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CHLORIS and the creation of the Rose

Summer Solstice blessings ❤️

Chloris is the Greek Goddess of flowers who dwelt in the Elysian fields, the Land of the blessed dead. It is said that one morning Chloris stumbled upon the lifeless body of a woodland nymph. She breathed new life into the nymph transforming her into a flower. She then called out to her husband, Zephyrus, the west wind, asking him to rid the sky of clouds so that the great God Apollo could allow the rays of the golden sun to warm the flower. To this flower Aphrodite added beauty, Dionysus a nectar of intoxicating aroma and the three Graces the gifts of charm, joy, and splendor.  The new flower  was known as  “The Queen of Flowers”. Later Aphrodite named the flower the Rose, dedicating it to her son, Eros, the god of love. The Goddess Chloris was  responsible for flower transformations of several deities in Greek Mythology: Adonis, Attis, Crocus, Hyacinthus and Narcissus, who were all changed into flowers for different mythic reasons. She personifies the beauty of flowers in Nature, and talks to us of transformation and new growth.   I AM FLOWERING

‘I was Chloris, whom am now called Flora. Latin speech corrupted a Greek letter of my name. I was Chloris, Nymph of the happy fields of Elysium, the homes of the blessed,      in earlier times. To describe my beauty would mar my modesty : OVID  Born:43BC


CHLORIS and the Creation of the Rose
I AM FLOWERING

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The blind impulse of ATE

ATE (pronounced A t ee)  is a trickster Greek Goddess of mischief and blind folly. Her mother was ERIS – the Goddess of discord and her father , Zeus. Ate is also the personification of Infatuation – and holds the energy of the rash foolishness behind  blind impulse.  She describes the trouble and consequences that may derive from our own delusions. These are times when we set ourselves up to fail, times when through blind behaviour  we bring out the worst of ourselves . Luckily Ate had sisters, the Litai  (or Prayers), who follow her around and clean up her mayhem.

“With a truly tragic delusion,” Carl Jung noted, “these theologians fail to see that it is not a matter of proving the existence of the light, but of blind people who do not know that their eyes could see. It is high time we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to teach people the art of seeing.”……Carl Jung

The Blind Impulse of ATE
I AM DELUSION

 

 

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THALASSA of the Lonely Shores….

Thalassa is an ancient Greek personification of the Sea. Some called her ‘the Mother of All’. With her male counterpart, Pontus, the storm Gods and the fish of the sea were created. Her story tells that she also gave birth to the 9 Telchines – fish children; who had flippers instead of hands and the heads of dogs. Thalassa was known as the ‘Goddess of the lonely shores’ …..a symbol for the vast non-populated shores of our planet.

Cormorants are birds which dive down deep into water to feed. In this print the cormorant symbolises the need to plunge into the deep waters of the unconcious where lies a boundless sea of feelings, desires, memories, shadows and wounding.  To dive to such depths brings understanding up to the surface of our awareness. Time spent alone with only ourselves gives us space to discover and contemplate our discoveries. To be ALONE is a state of being, a joy, a fullness and a space and time when we need nobody else because we are enough. LONELINESS is an emotional response of sadness which can be painful. It is a state of feeling something is missing, or absent in our lives.

Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.’…. Carl Jung…he also said …No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, un- known friends will come and seek you……. I AM ALONE 

THALASSA and the Cormorant
Goddess of the Lonely Shores
I AM ALONE

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar.’ BYRON

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The Nurturance of CAPELLA AMALTHEA ⭐️

AMALTHEA (Greek for tender goddess) was the she-goat nurse of the god Zeus . She lived in a cave high up in the mountains. When Zeus was born in Crete, his mother  to protect him from his father’s murderous tendencies, took him to Amalthea to be nurtured and nourished. To honour Amalthea Zeus gave her  place in the heavens  as a star in the constellation of AURIGA-  ‘the chariot’ and called the star  Capella, meaning ‘little-goat’.  Tennyson describes the star Capella in one of his poems as a ‘crown of light, it is the 6th brightest star in the sky. Auriga is one of the most fortunate constellations in the sky, however the rising of Capella marked the onset of stormy weather for the Greeks. The word aigis means  both “stormy weather” and “goat-skin” in ancient Greek which explains the close connection between the two in myth.           I AM NURTURE

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”…John Lennon

The Nurturance of CAPELLA – AMALTHEA
I AM NURTURE

 

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FESSONA- awake in the night

Fessona is a Roman Goddess who personifies weariness. She helps those that are exhausted to restore their strength and find healing and strength. Her name is derived from the Latin word  fessus, meaning ‘weary, tired, exhausted or worn out. Continual stress in our lives exposes us to physical and emotional exhaustion. When this happens we enter a state of ‘fight of flight ‘- the adrenalin response leading to anxiety, insomnia and ‘wired’ behaviour and eventual total collapse and burn out. Regular resting and retreating from our everyday lives is essential to allow us to slow down the stress cycle resulting in invaluable and life-changing decisions. The cure for fatigue is an individual one. Working out for ourselves what deprives us of our energy and what restores it leads the way to these answers and eventually a more stress-free life…..I AM TIRED ( oracle)

Insomniac” by Maya Angelou
There are some nights
sleep plays coy,
aloof and disdainful.
And all the wiles
that I employ to win
its service to my side
are as useless as wounded pride,
and much more painful.

FESSONA awake in the night
I AM TIRED

              A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted by John O’Donohue

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
 Then all the unattended stress falls in
 on the mind like an endless, increasing weight,
The light in the mind becomes dim.
 Things you could take in your stride before
 now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.
The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
 Something within you has closed down; 
And you cannot push yourself back to life.
You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.

There is nothing else to do now but rest
 and patiently learn to receive the self 
you have forsaken for the race of days. At first your thinking will darken
 and sadness takes over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.
You have traveled too fast over false ground;
 Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
 to all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
 when it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight, 
taking time to open the well of color
 that fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself. Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
 who feels they have all the time in the world.
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
 having learned a new respect for your heart 
and the joy that dwells far within slow time.

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