Guinevere as clan mother
Can you shift your focus away from your own betterment, to that of your clan?
This week in healing treatmetns, Guinevere has shown herself twice. What a mystery. Not an archetype or character from mythology, possibly even history, that I have had much resonance with personally. Even though my own ancestral heredity is Welsh, and she belongs to the Welsh tradition.
If you have read The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Guinevere is characterized as more of a weak feminine archetype: the shimmering golden blonde to the protagonist Morgaine's dark hair; the pious Christian adopting the new religion in Britain, to Morgaine's priestess of the old mysteries of the Goddess; the barren feminine to the fruitful, sensual woman of the Earth.
But that is not the Guinevere who has been showing up energetically in the healing room. I see her as fair, but not weak. She has told/shown me something else of her story, or the symbolic energies she bears.
With arms outstretched at waist level, open to all before her, she has been appearing as the Clan Mother, a deeply feminine archetype who's concern is for the welfare of her whole community.
Her focus is communal, not individual or even to the individual needs of her own offspring. She vessels the Divine Feminine as Mother who's protective regard, nourishment, and care extends to the whole clan.
An example of the Clan Mother's role taken from Iroquois ancestral traditions states:
"The oldest woman of the clan is called the Clan Mother. The clan mother, whose position is hereditary, is responsible for the welfare of the clan. She names all the people of the clan; she holds a position in nominating, installing and removing the male chief, called Hoyaneh, meaning Caretakers of the Peace."
The story of Arthur, Camelot & Guinevere, became highly romaniticised during the era of the Medieval Romances. But if we look into the old history of Britannia, Arthur was not a king. He was a Welsh (Cymry) chieftain. Therefore, Guinevere, his wife, was not a queen, but a Clan Mother.
In the two healing treatments so far where she has manifested, she also showed me that she and Morgaine hold two polarities in a woman's soul (and a man's feminine):
The fair, or White Goddess, & the Dark Goddess; the ephemeral & the earthy.; the spirit, & the Soul. During one healing, I saw Guinevere and Morgaine standing across from one another holding hands crossed so their arms and bodies formed a lemniscate representing never-ending cycling of energies from one polarity, through centre, back to another.
The feeling of this profound archetype arriving in the room and landing her transmission into your energy field and thus the cells of your body...well...is not something I can adequately describe here!
Here are some words from the women who have been experiencing Her:
"The only thing I remember is just a certain feeling of solid calm. Being grounded, felt, received and understood. I feel as though I am being called to create more unity in my school community by linking students and staff with artistic talents and by modernising the art program through making it more relevant to students and also, more healing. Perhaps, becoming a clan mother for the arts in our school. Our discussion of clan mother and Guinevere, helped clarify a number of my current desires in a more profound way.
Thanks for your help. I felt much more enthusiastic and recharged after the session."
DB, school teacher for the Ottawa School Board.
""Guinevere brought with her a strength and ferocity that shook me in all of my worlds. Her power made for a great deal of shifting in my life that was not easy, but was also not bad.
I allowed this energy to enter and I opened up to what was in store. I took that strength within me and made swift and decisive actions with my 'clan' at work, transforming it by clearing out stale negative energy and bringing in fresh and positive energy. I held the space so that my 'clan' could make this transition.
Multiple times during this period my 'clan' called me mom, mother or even likened me to their own mother. Not only did Guinevere's energy effect my work life, it also shifted my personal world. I stepped out of the social hibernation I was in, and was able to reconnect with old friends that I haven't seen in months and even years...my 'clan'.
Guinevere's feminine energy also manifested in my dreaming world, where I was a literal 'clan' mother or wise women for a royal family!
While the first week after treatment can only be described as difficult, allowing myself to be open to what change and strength has allowed me to come out on the other side feeling alive and well. Happy for the inner strength and the reconnection with my inner feminine, the clan mother."
Olivia, Chef and business owner
But what does this have to do with you?
In the dance of masculine/feminine in our present culture, political systems, leadership, social structures, our way of perceiving the world, there is a very necessary shift afoot right now.
The invitation is to embrace and vessel the viewpoint of the Clan Mother. Can you shift your focus away from what you want and need, your own betterment, to that of your clan?
How will we re-create and re-dream our world when we look at all we bring forth to provide for ourselves (again social structures, economic, political, educational, environmental) from the communal, collective regard of the Clan Mother?
How do we build families, communities, businesses, land co-operatives, gardens, and more, from the eye of collective provision, mutual support, communal resource, and a way that all can be provided for with no one left out of the tribal family?
I invite you to begin to see from Guinevere's eyes.
I'd love to know how things look for you from the perspective of the Clan Mother.
Share your experiences, perceptions and questions in the comments below. I do read them!
8/1/2020 08:47:01 pm
Thank you so much for this beautiful article. I can see myself as a clan mother having lost my mom when I was only 21 and my mom's mom past away before I was born. I can so much identify with this energy, and feel already better transferring my energy to my clan instead of my own problem!
8/1/2020 10:08:02 pm
So glad you found the article resonant Nicole. I can't wait to hear more about how you are tending to your "people".
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