Today, pole dancers in men’s clubs carry on the profane use of the phallic prop.
Judith Lynne Hanna reminds, “Dance and sex both use the same instrument -- namely, the human body -- and both involve the language of the body’s orientation toward pleasure.
Thus, dance and sex may be conceived as inseparable even when sexual expression is unintended” (p. 212; Dance and Sexuality: Many Moves. Journal of Sex Research, Mar-Jun 2010).
Ecstasy, Ephemerality Characterize Dance as Symbol of Spring
Mother Dance, regent of merry May and symbols of spring, is the archetype of ecstasy of body and spirit reaching towards the unknown – spirit using body, body stretching beyond physical limits.
It is impossible to capture the appeal of the Mother Dance in words. Of all the symbols of spring, she best signifies the ephemeral: A dance exists in time, experientially, then -- like youth, like life itself -- vanishes into the mystery.
Antinomies Abound in Mother Dance Archetype
To think of Mother Dance is to think in opposites:
Myths of the Dancer Archetype
The archetype of Mother Dance is encoded into mythic traditions from around the world. For example:
What Magic Does
A croning ritual celebrates a woman’s transformation. These culminate efforts to recuperate the word crone as a positive characterization for aging women.
This is the third of three articles that turn out attention from symbols of spring to the winter of our lives and its values. [Read more]
Archetypal Characters, Therapeutic Uses: Why the Crone Matters – November 2010
All of us are archetypal characters in the stories we tell ourselves and others about our lives. Life would be chaos if we did not organize our diverse and diffuse sensory experiences in some way. [Read more]
Maiden-Mother-Crone & Reinvigoration of Wise Woman – October 2010
The crone face of the maiden-mother-crone triple goddess faded from reverence to an object of revile as the warty wicked witch. Postmodern women are reinvigorating their role as society’s wise women. [Read more]
The Between, Liminal Space, & Fall Equinox – September 2010
The between is a luminal space filled with the potential for magic and alchemical processes for transformation.
The autumnal equinox, when day is as long as night, marks the season between summer and winter, the extremes. It occurs around September 20-21 each year. It counterposes the spring equinox and feminine symbols of spring. [Read more]
The Truth-Seeker – August 2010
The great quest of the truth seeker in late life is to find meaning. This often requires discovery of the uncompleted parts of the self.
Many myths and legends illustrate the hero’s journey, which always starts with the truth seeker character-archetype answering a call to do something. [Read more]
The Storyteller – July 2010
The value-of-storytelling is embodied in the archetype of the Griot or Storyteller. This character archetype transcends months and seasons.
Mythic stories embody hero archetypes that convey cultural values. Understanding your character archetypes can help heal the spirit and bring wholeness that unleashes creativity. [Read more]
Feminine Makeover, Archetype of Transformation -- June 2010
The popularity of feminine makeovers has its roots in the ancient, perhaps even prehistoric, search for alchemical transmutation.
Feminine makeovers can make us feel good. These have become contemporary symbols of spring never-ending physical beauty, but it is appropriate to question whether outer change can achieve the inner transformations that nurture and nourish us.
Mother Rain -- April 2010
Mother Rain is another of the symbols of spring. Her persona embodies the two faces of Nature – the all nurturing, birth-giving potential and the unrelenting strength of annihilation of world drought.
This archetypal antinomy is embodied in the lyrics of a song that celebrates getting caught in the rain. Bored by each other (an emotional dought), a couple each secretly sets up a meeting using personal ads [Read more]
Hope Symbols – March 2010
Hope symbols and hope quotations are embodied in ancient myths as the goddesses Elpis and Spes. All religions and cultural are buoyed by this uniquely feminine archetype. It is often older women who offer words of hope to those who falter [Read more]
Mother Light -- February 2010
The Christian Candlemas ritual coincides with the pagan holidays. of Imbolc and Lupercalia. The archetype of Mother Light has been celebrated in seemingly every corner of the globe since ancient times. Diwali in India [Read more]
The Winter Mother – January 2010
The faces of the Winter Mother are the Snow Queen and Mary swaddling the infant Jesus. The Snow Queen seduces boy-children. The masks of Carnivale translate ice crystals and snowflakes into bejeweled and feathered art on faces as frozen in perfection [Read more]
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