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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feminine Archetypes - The Maiden

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I always picture Snow White as the typical Maiden – Skin a creamy white, bright eyes and a sweet heart, a blush to her cheeks; coming into the bloom of womanhood. She is the first thing I think of when I hear the word Maiden; the image of her singing with the bird perched on her finger.  This is but one aspect of the Maiden, as I call it (not surprisingly) the Snow White aspect.  Young, virginal, and most of the time, still innocent.

Another aspect of the Maiden cries out for more attention, she sadly tends to be ignored.  She is the transitional Maiden.  This aspect of the Maiden is virginal, yes - but in the definition that she is claimed by no spouse.  She is a few years older than the Snow White Maiden.  She is free to chose a lover, yet she does not commit to a handfast.  She is still discovering her life, her freedom, her future self.  The decisions she makes now will impact the rest of her life, but she doesn’t always realize it.  She is also on the brink of womanhood, but intellectually now rather than physically.  She is coming into her own as a woman; feeling more confident in herself and her role in the world at large.  She doesn’t yet have the quiet, indulgent smile of the Mother; confident, protective of her babies, yet acknowledging the independence of her children as tiny people learning to be adults.  She doesn’t yet have the wisdom or patience of the Crone, watching over the younger generations with a twinkle in her eye.  

The Maiden is the blush in the cheeks of a woman at a compliment from her lover; the confidence a woman feels knowing that she is the master of her own life, whether she is married or not.  We all feel the Maiden when we accept our moontimes as something to be proud of, instead of shunned; a sign of our womanhood and our progression through the wheel of life.  We see the Maiden each spring, as our Mother Earth shakes off her mantle of winter to once more show us the life beneath.  

The Maiden is such that she can be something different for each of us, simply because she is each of us.

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