Daughter of Persephone

July 28, 2011

Artist: John William Waterhouse

Daughter of Persephone is a term for daughters who grew up with a  ‘mentally ill’ mother, a medicated mother, a collapsed mother.  Consider the Mother archetype and the ‘drop-down menu’ of these other aspects, and you may get an idea of the layers of splintering to the Mother/Caregiver archetypal energies.

I really like this description: it is  a potent archetype to connect to, for it sumons the healing energy of the pre-dynastic Egyptian Hekat:

It is believed that her powerful position was derived from the Egyptian mid-wife goddess Heqit, Heket, or Hekat, who in turn evolved from the heq or tribal matriarch of pre-dynastic Egypt, who was a wise-woman in command of all hekau or “mother’s Words of Power.” 

Festivals and Celebrations

  • On August 13 in Greece at the House of Storms and Fertility. It was held to aid in keeping the harvest storms from destroying the harvest.
  • In Italy by the lake of Avernus, there was a scared dark grove of Hecate. In private worship to her followers were offered Hecate’s suppers. The leftovers were placed outdoors as offerings to this goddess and her hounds.

~Sourced from Sibylline Order of Wicca

Love it~ a scared dark grove!  That’s a typo by the Sibyllines.

mother’s Words of Power ~ think about it. The things our mothers say to us that sting, rankle, rub and wound.  Hecate’s mojo is the antidote ~ hair of the dog!

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”

Well…..I guess that depends on if your name is Shirley

Shirley Ardell Mason "Sibyl"

The life of Shirley Ardell Mason was chronicled by Arthur Flora Rheta Schreiber in the book “Sybil”. It was published in 1973 and then made into a television movie in 1976, starring Sally Field. Mason’s real name was not used in order to protect her identity. In the early 1950s, Mason was a student at Columbia University and had long suffered from blackouts and emotional breakdowns, and had started therapy with psychiatrist Cornelia B. Wilbur. It was their psychotherapy sessions together that was the basis of the book. Wilber diagnosed and treated her for multiple personality disorder, with, reportedly, up to 16 co-existing personalities.

According to Wikipedia, Shirley Mason had at least 16 different personalities:

  • Sybil Isabel Dorsett: a depleted person; the waking self.
  • Victoria Antoinette Scharleau: nicknamed Vicky; a self-assured, sophisticated, attractive blonde; the memory trace of Sybil’s selves.
  • Peggy Lou Baldwin: an assertive, enthusiastic, and often angry pixie with a pug nose, a Dutch haircut, and a mischievous smile.
  • Peggy Ann Baldwin: a counterpart of Peggy Lou with similar physical characteristics; she is more often fearful than angry.
  • Mary Lucinda Saunders Dorsett: a thoughtful, contemplative, maternal, homeloving person; she is plump and has long dark-brown hair parted on the side.
  • Marcia Lynn Dorsett: last name sometimes Baldwin; a writer and painter; extremely emotional; she has a shield-shaped face, gray eyes, and brown hair parted on the side.
  • Vanessa Gail Dorsett: intensely dramatic and extremely attractive; a tall redhead with a willowy figure, light brown eyes, and an expressive oval face.
  • Mike Dorsett: one of Sybil’s two male selves; a builder and a carpenter, he has olive skin, dark hair, and brown eyes.
  • Sid Dorsett: one of Sybil’s two male selves; a carpenter and a general handyman; he has fair skin, dark hair, and blue eyes.
  • Nancy Lou Ann Baldwin: interested in politics as fulfillment of biblical prophecy and intensely afraid of Roman Catholics; fey; her physical characteristics resemble those of the Peggys.
  • Sybil Ann Dorsett: listless to the point of neurasthenia; pale and timid with ash-blonde hair, an oval face, and a straight nose.
  • Ruthie Dorsett: a baby; one of the lesser developed selves.
  • Clara Dorsett: intensely religious; highly critical of the waking Sybil.
  • Helen Dorsett: intensely afraid but determined to achieve fulfillment; she has light brown hair, hazel eyes, a straight nose, and thin lips.
  • Marjorie Dorsett: serene, vivacious, and quick to laugh; a tease; a small, willowy brunette with fair skin and a pug nose.
  • The Blonde: nameless; a perpetual teenager; has blonde curly hair and a lilting voice.

Interesting archetypes there.

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