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Emerging Archetypal Themes: LadyHawke: The Union of Opposites, Gemini & The Lovers

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One thing that wolves share with hawks is that they mate for life. As Navarre stays to Gaston, he didn't even leave us that.   We could say that wolves love, because they deal with their pups with affection and playfulness.   They protect their families and share in taking care of them.   If only our society had these qualities, our divorced couples and their extended families would take better care of their own children.

Navarre's wolf totem is a wonderful symbol for our left brain.   Their intelligence, their ability to form emotional attachments, their rituals and sense of discipline and order reflect the left brain at its best.   And they are wonderful examples for men, because we need men to be the loyal, loving, joyful and disciplined protectors of life.


Dreams of Separation


So many people today find themselves divorced from a person they thought they loved.   While baby-boomers have led the way with their longing for soul-mates, our children have looked for both independence and transformation from their partnerships.   So many of us have only found disappointment.   But how can we really find soul-mates and freedom and equality in partnership when we haven't had those types of partnerships in the past, either our own past lives or our family history?   We have to work on healing the male-female relationship before our yearnings for a true soul-mate can be realized.   We too, have to break the curse.

When my own marriage was starting to break apart, I had a dream that was very telling.   I am in a beautiful green meadow filled with people I know.   I find out that I have to sacrifice myself for them.   I am to be be-headed.   I accept this as my fate and go around saying goodbye to everyone.   Some of them lovingly hug me; some tell me I don't have to do it.   My mom begs me not to do it.   When I come to my husband, he is lying on a Roman-style couch and he ignores me.   I go and kneel down and a man with a black mask over his head comes and swings an ax.   Next thing I know I am standing and a round object comes flying into my hands and I wake up.

This dream marked an acceptance of the dissolution of my marriage.   That divorce ended up being what I needed to grow into myself, although it was a long, hard lesson.   But I had to accept that I couldn't find myself within the marriage -- my husband had already gone away.   He no longer cherished or wanted to protect me.    This is unfortunately the case in many marriages.   But perhaps Spirit needed women to learn to survive on our own so we could become the equals of our men, while men needed to continue the search for their Beloved until they could become the loving protectors they are meant to be.


I hope you take this chance to watch this movie and let the story sink in.   LadyHawke is an archetypal tale of the power of the Mind and of Love to break the curse our unbalanced religious beliefs have caste upon relationships between men and women and masculine and feminine consciousness.   We can use the power of this story to help us meet this month's solar eclipse in Gemini with the strength and purpose to release old perceptions and categories about relationships and let the power of Love through the power of the Mind awaken us to new possibilities.   It is time to unite the opposites, both within and without.   We need men and women working together, using their own specific gifts in freedom and joy, to change our world.

And so the tale ends . . . to be continued.


Cathy Pagano



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