April 11, 2011

{End of the Myth} Part Three: "Shadow & Light"

[excerpt from the upcoming book - The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: How Princess Diana Exposed the 'Princess Myth' for All Women]

Was this royal “fairy tale”—with both its light and dark aspects—all part of a divine plan that revealed the true origin of this damsel and knight mythology? Were we to discover something deep and unspoken within ourselves? Perhaps the story is a metaphor in the lineage of ancient traditions that confirms, what author Frank Joseph calls, “myth’s unsuspected power to preserve high truths.” What is the “high truth” that is wrapped up in the Diana and Charles story?

The romanticized, filtered-down versions of these inherited damsel and knight folktales actually came out of ancient “high truths.” Many of the original stories were derived from goddess cultures where people lived in respectful accord with nature. There is a legend from pre-Celtic times of the imprisonment of the Goddess Ethlinn that Joseph shares in his book Atlantis and Lemuria:

Lugh [Bronze statuette]
Ancient Irish tradition tells the story of Ethlinn, a goddess, who was confined in a ‘crystal cave’ by Balor, King of the giant Formorach, earliest inhabitants of Ireland. With her imprisonment, the world grew ever dark, cold, and barren. She and the earth languished for just one day short of a year, until she was freed by Lugh, whose name means ‘light,’ leader of the Tuatha da Danann, ‘Followers of the Goddess Danu.’ For his heroic act, the gods rewarded him with the secret of eternal life. On every anniversary of his rescue, the longest night of the year, he returned to the crystal cave, where he transformed himself into a coiled snake. When dawn light entered, Lugh unwound himself and rose up a young man again.

In this winter solstice story, we have the ‘masculine light’ releasing the abundant feminine energy out of the darkness, revealing the full vibrant life that is then possible. Shining light into the darkness to bring balance back to the earth and releasing the “imprisoned” consciousness that gives it life.

These metaphorically rich ancient stories explaining the natural world manifested in human form were especially compelling in the harsh aftermath when goddess loving matriarchal societies (where both the divine feminine and divine masculine energies were honored) were overrun by the more dominion-focused patriarchal cultures over two thousand years ago. As a result of this imbalanced and fractured world that was created (a cycle of civilization that is coming to a close), women were more and more suppressed into their limited dark boxes, squelching the nurturing light in everyone.

This discrepancy grew even darker for both men and women until the suppression ignited the bold actions of valiant troubadours, courageous knights and enlightened women and men of the royal courts in the Middle Ages. These revolutionary troubadours were storytellers who created a Code of Chivalry “releasing” the nurturing, compassionate nature for both men and women.~

[Other excerpts from the "End of the Myth" chapter of The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride upcoming book can be found by clicking on End of the Myth in the Labels list.]

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