Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Hero and the Goddess

We left off talking about the red thread.  In the myth of Ariadne and the labyrinth, she, the goddess, gives Theseus the clue of the red thread to help him find his way out after he had slain the minotaur.  In some versions of the myth, she gifts him with a sword as well.

In the Hero and Goddess, we use myth as metaphor, and all aspects and parts of the myth represent a part of ourselves.

The labyrinth represents our journey through life.  We cannot see the future, nor the outcome of our challenges.  At times we feel completely blindfolded and at the hands of some unseen Fate.

The red thread represents the Inner Voice, the voice of the Goddess, that which connects us to her wisdom.  The Inner Voice is also sometimes called the 'small voice inside', those whispers that so easily get drowned out by our daily routine and commitments.

The goddess can be seen as that part of ourselves that support us, that encourages us to fulfill our dreams and also the Wisdom, (in Gnosticism known as Sophia) that guides us every step of the way.

Listening to the Voice Within and trusting the guidance of the goddess, asks for faith as well as the skill of letting go of the other inner voices.

If Theseus had to enter the labyrinth without a sword and without the red thread, his chances of surviving the minotaur would have been slim.

Your masculine self cannot navigate the labyrinth of life and its challenges without the support
and intuition of the goddess within.
Your intuition, your deepest knowing and your feelings empower your personal

When there is an inner divorce between active and receptive, between listening quietly and
paying attention within and your outgoing, 'doing' self,
then there is no harmony.

The holy grail in the Osiris and Isis myth, for example, (and other similar myths which provide us with a reflective mirror of the psyche and soul) is the relationship between god and goddess as
husband and wife, lover and beloved and mother and son and in a few cases, father and

One can look at the holy family as a reflection of the family within;  the inner lover and
beloved, the inner mother and father and the inner child.  Following alchemical principles,
these relationship are firstly on a personality level;  between the ego-self and the psyche or Soul;  it is also the relationship between the many inner selves.

If you are more mystically inclined, then you can relate these relationships to the Sacred Lover and Beloved, the Divine God Within.



  1. dear Hettienne,
    welcome home from your travels. i hope you have returned with a full heart and renewed well being.
    thank you for the gift of the red thread, the creative time you offer in both words and visuals is a blessing to us all. you have graced my morning and i am grateful.

  2. So happy your travels have refilled your creative well. And your post -- pure synchronicity. I recently talked to some folks about Soul Collage (one of them a facilitator, like you) and am inspired to add to my Soul Collage treasure trove. Blessings, Hettienne!

  3. Soul Collage. A beautiful art. I am happy to witness yours here today.
    Thank you.
    Now I am inspired to create more of my own, as I used to!

  4. Wonderful soul collage creations ~ ( A Creative Harbor)

  5. Your thoughtful, heartfelt words touch me; reminding me of travels where I thrived on visiting shrines, cathedrals, all that isn't present in my southern states life. Such art and sculpture presented through out the ages of time. Thank you.


Thank you for leaving a comment. I appreciate feedback and interaction.