CIRCE working her magic…..

                          A foreword of the book CIRCE by Madelaine Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.“When I was born,” she begins her tale, “the name for what I was did not exist.” Circe’s witchcraft originates in her rage and jealousy, itself the result of years of harsh treatment.”

She is the woman deemed unattractive, worthless and  pushed to the edges of society. She is a single mother.  Although she has lovers mostly she is isolated and alone ; but as the voices in her head wane she finds her power and builds her knowledge and understanding  of the magical uses of plants and flowers. She walked into her power as a PHARMAKIS – the ancient name for witch. Witches have long been seen as symbols of feminine evil, but among feminists, witches are a symbol of women exerting their power in a world that suppresses them. Persecution of witches still exists in our world today. Powerful assertive women have always been feared by the patriarchy, and are often labelled as ‘witches’ as meant to be a misogynistic insult. Circe embodies our feminine power, our self-sovereignty …….I AM PHARMAKIS

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/07/cursed-from-circe-to-clinton-why-women-are-cast-as-witches?

Circe working her magic
I AM PHARMAKIS

 

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Linda Hill
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