I think of myself as being a survivor. I celebrate each morning that I am alive. I am grateful for each day. I have nothing to prove. I am myself. Getting older is very freeing when viewed in this way.
The Sheelnagig is a symbol of life force. I was told that the Scots, when they went into battle would raise their kilts above their head to expose their private parts and shock the enemy. I think the Sheelnagig is similar, but also it is holy, so why not allow it to be a church decoration!
Ceridwen, Kali, Babd, Callaich, Macha, Morrigan, Hekate, all crone goddesses. It is hard for me to think of Artemis as a crone. I think of her as a maiden. I like the thought of frogs and toads croaking and saying the name of Hekate and find it interesting that she may have helped Demeter find Persephone. Yes, I can see how this would be! I must consider this connection, Artemis and Hekate!
Hekate has her dog symbol and her post which would be interesting at the crossroads but I have another association, of the scaffold, the post, which was often placed on a hill, within sight often of the magistrates court, and the church too. The dead would often be left hanging, tarred perhaps, or buried in the ground where they were hanged.
Many of these ancient sites are not built on, and are often used as dog sanctuaries. The pillar, the dogs and death! As Guardian of Gates and Doorways, like Janus, her faces are so animated and have such capacity to speak and give wisdom.
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