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Victims of Love and the Shadow of Aphrodite

Victims of Love and the Shadow of Aphrodite

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Published by EinsTein Monroe
How many of your friends are in bad relationships? How many are single, having escaped from such a relationship? How many are wracked with jealousy and suspicion?
How many of your friends are in bad relationships? How many are single, having escaped from such a relationship? How many are wracked with jealousy and suspicion?

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Published by: EinsTein Monroe on Feb 08, 2012
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 ==== ====Looking for the Best Gift this Valentines for your Loved Ones Visit this Blog to find a listing ofdifferent categories:http://2012valentinesgifts.blogspot.com ==== ====How many of your friends are in bad relationships? How many are single, having escaped fromsuch a relationship? How many are wracked with jealousy and suspicion? Where do we learn how to be the victims of love? As little girls we are told of Cinderella, of Beauty and the Beast, of Rapunzel and Snow White, allrescued from the evil of elder women (psychological images of our mothers) by the love of aprince-and some of us are still looking for him. Where do these stories come from, and what do ancient Greek myths have to do with it? Aphrodite is known as the Goddess of Love, but she personifies more clearly infatuation and lust,the dark shadow of erotic love, the momentary passion that fades quickly into boredom or hate.Our stories for little girls speak often of first love, first kiss, and the thrill of infatuation. But thestories stop with a wedding, and never present the work that is required by any amount of happilyever after. Many of the Greek myths speak of Aphrodite's wrath and punishment of anyone who displeasesher. Her gift of Helen to Paris caused the ten-years-long Trojan War, but it was also revengeagainst Helen's father. Aphrodite transformed the heroine Atalanta and her lover into lions to pullher chariot. Aphrodite shed many tears over her young lover Adonis when he was killed byErymanthos, a man she had turned into a boar because he saw her and Adonis together.Aphrodite was involved in the story of Ariadne, who helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur-Ariadne'sMother was tricked into bearing the Minotaur partly because her grandfather had told Aphrodite'shusband that she was cheating. Like a wild teenager, Aphrodite lives on her passionate whims, lashing out at anyone who is awitness to her infidelities. She does not take any responsibility for her life or her actions. Does thatdescribe your friends? How many of us feel that we must take whatever relationship that comesalong? Aphrodite even personifies the evil mother-in-law in the story of Cupid and Psyche, which containsmany of the themes of later fairy tales. Psyche is very beautiful, and is envied by her sisters andeveryone who meets her. She is too beautiful for any man to dare to ask for her hand. Somepeople even begin to compare her to Aphrodite herself, though Psyche is only lonely, wanting onlyto be happy. When Aphrodite sends Cupid to punish Psyche for being beautiful, he falls for her. The heroine in fairy tales is always magically beautiful, but in this story, it is Psyche's beauty that
is her downfall. She has the usual jealous sisters who are married, but who envy her for herbeauty. The sisters are eventually killed off, and Psyche becomes a goddess. We learn that weare never beautiful enough, that our looks are the important part of our being, rather than ourcharacter. Cupid hides his identity from Psyche by insisting that she must never see him, but he sets her upin a magical home that takes care of her every need. We all have an unconscious desire to betaken care of, to be free of working for a living, to live in luxury and leisure. Of course, Psyche'ssisters convince her to look at her lover, and he disappears into the night. When Psyche realizeswho Cupid is, she searches everywhere for him. Despite his abandonment of her, he is the onlyman she has ever had, the only one she knows. Finally she goes to Aphrodite to ask how she canget him back. Psyche is desperate, and she seems to have no resources of her own. So she throws herself onthe mercy of her mother-in-law. Like our daughters, Psyche does not know any other story. Aphrodite puts Psyche to several impossible tasks, sorting out beans, gathering wool and bringingback something from the land of the dead. Psyche of course gets magical help, and Aphroditemust finally accept her new daughter in law. In some of the old fairy tales, the ones that aren'tpublished any more, the prince's mother tries to kill the new princess and her children. We havemany stories of evil mothers-in-law and step-mothers, but we are not taught how to appease themor how to overcome their objections. But in real life, we do have to sort things out, not just beans and lentils, but our own thoughts andperceptions. We don't have physical fairy godmothers to make the magic happen, and we have toface our own shadow side, the part of us that both leads us into darkness and makes us light alamp to see who our shadow lover is. We can learn to be conscious of our feelings, of our unrealistic expectations of marriage andfamily life. We can learn to recognize our own shadow selves by being aware of those people whomake us feel irrationally jealous and irritated. We can learn, and we can teach our daughters thatthe shadow lover who insists on being invisible, coming and going as he pleases, is not good forus. We need to face our own feelings, learn to stand on our own feet, so that when we do enter arelationship, we are not sucked into the jealousy of Aphrodite. We can learn to be our own goddesses of love, starting with our care of ourselves and ourresponsibility for making our own choices consciously. We can look past the outdated, Disney-izedtales and sugar-coated sex to learn what love is. Want to be your own fairy godmother? Read Wishes Can Come True by Charlotte Babb for storiesand tips on how you can leave the old stories behind and manifest what you want in your life.  Article Source:

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