Saturday, May 8, 2010

Revisiting Self Mythology

I'm not writing anything new on this today because I'm working on my novel, which in many ways relates to this paragraph from my old post, "Self-mythology: What Myths Do You Tell About You?"
... while I've adopted Job as part of my mythology, I am drawn back to the Metis myth, the story of a goddess, Zeus's first wife, whom he swallowed because he believed a prophecy that said Metis's children would surpass him in greatness. I see in the Metis myth the desire of the controlling male to prevent the female he fears may be his superior from reaching her full potential. If you know this myth, then you know that after Zeus swallowed Metis, he developed a tormenting headache, and later the goddess of wisdom, Athena, sprang fully-grown from his head dressed in full armor.

Given some very personal experiences that I will not share here, I think there's a lesson my subconscious is trying to teach me through the Metis myth. (Read full post)
I wrote the post in June of 2009, but reread today after someone left a comment on it, and I decided the post still speaks to something people want to understand and need to learn. Kicking off 2010, I wrote at BlogHer.com, "Should You Change Your Self-Mythology in 2010." It seemed people connected to this topic then as well.

The artwork in this post is by Thalia Took. It's a drawing of the Yoruban goddess Oshun.

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