What would life be like if you stopped resisting, and began allowing?
An honest look at woman’s quest for love, in the age of rising feminine power. Do we trade love for power– or can we get both? Would you rather have love or power? In Greek myth, the goddesses of Mount Olympus were rarely loved. They were lusted. They were tricked. They were possessed… often even […]
Oshun is the Yoruban goddess of the rivers and fresh waters, sensuality, fertility, beauty, art, wealth and love. Brought to the America’s via the Transatlantic slave trade, today, she is revered in Santeria, Candomble, and Afro-Haitian religious tradition as well. She is such a strong force in the collective unconscious that she turns up, sometimes […]
In the wee hours of a Sunday night, I found myself engaged in a heady Twitter exchange about whether superstar songstress Beyonce had either evoked the orisha Oshun or the syncretized Virgin Guadalupe of Mexico. I thought it was clear. She had evoked both dieties– and more. I saw references to the Roman Venus, the […]
Where there is light, there is shadow… and where there is shadow, there must be light. If there is one central psychological paradox that flummoxes most humans, it is this: our greatest virtues and our worst flaws are inextricably connected. They are two sides of the same coin. Archetypes are universal images that according to psychologist Carl Jung, form […]
From Josephine Baker, to Jacqueline Kennedy, Cleopatra and even Erykah Badu… Throughout history, we find a dazzling pantheon of seductive women who refused to behave and wait patiently for a hero. These women, seductresses as we’ve come to call them, instinctively recognize their innate power and exercise it with aplomb. They break barriers and hearts, […]
Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade is a smorgasbord of decadent imagery flush with stunning cultural references, from a gloriously terpsichorean Serena Williams to the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. But as a seduction devotee, the evocation of Oshun emerges as one of the film’s most beautiful, “teachable” moments. Oshun, an archetypal symbol for the feminine principle, serves as a meaningful guide. Through her […]
Humans are hardwired to understand and respond to archetypal images in a way that is completely beyond their control. Marketing execs and Hollywood studios have long capitalized on this psychology, using it to create inspiring stories and profitable brands. Public figures who seem larger than life than life often trigger deep archetypal responses within us. […]