Over the last few years I’ve explored the difference between myths (which are how cultures teach their members to be good members of them) and archetype (how people actually live the stories of mythic figures).
An important example is that of Lilith. The mythology we’ve had handed down to us (if we’ve gotten anything on her at all) says that if you live part of Lilith’s story, you’ll be punished for it. This kind of culture thrives when everyone submits to its order and control requirements, so if you stand up for yourself and assert equality, the culture says, things are going to be hard for you. So you shouldn’t bother. Which teaches people to disregard an important part of themselves, which leads to distortion of our true natures and all sorts of health issues on all levels.
But people who actually live Lilith stories often become healthy and empowered, and develop fantastic energetic and emotional boundaries. They can develop an unshakable strength from learning to trust themselves (and the Lilith part of themselves) more than they were taught to do.
In other words, there is a giant gap between how we’re told we should live Lilith and how we actually can.
Living Myth: Exploring Archetypal Journeys explores this gap in the Lilith story and nine others. Ceres, Juno, Pallas Athene, Vesta, Persephone, Chiron, Ariadne, Lucifer, Arjunsuri, and Lilith are covered in the book (there are 4 chapters on Lilith, as she has been a big part of my work for a number of years).
In each chapter, I go into the story as we’ve received it and show how the cultural teaching doesn’t reveal the whole story. I offer insights into understanding the real nature of the archetype and the life journeys associated with it, opening the door for you to understand more about the patterns and cycles in your own life.
The Ceres chapter includes a look at how we can define ourselves in terms of what we do for other people, sometimes giving help where it’s neither wanted nor needed. The Persephone chapter looks into how we can sit around waiting for someone else to do what we know we need to do. The Lilith chapters look at three major themes of Lilith’s story, rage, flight, and seduction, and then look at what it takes for Adam and Lilith to make peace (they’re the original people – Eve is, at best, an afterthought!). This involves looking at the differences between men and women naturally and culturally, and offering strategies for these two to make up so they can live happily together.
This way of looking at mythology within astrology is unique, and is a great addition to any astrology library!
Tom Jacobs is an astrologer, medium and channel offering private astrological and spiritual counseling, as well as mediumship services and astrological tutoring. In addition, he trains people in intuitive skills development (setting the stage for mediumship and channeling). His teleclass “Seeing With Spiritual Eyes” – intuitive skills development – begins 2/24. Tom is the author of the book “Living Myth: Exploring Archetypal Journeys,” which can be ordered via his site, http://tdjacobs.com.