Archetypes come to us only when we are ready to embody them. In our personal journey, we might currently be embodying the archetype of The Fool or The Great Mother or any other archetype. It is a highly personal process. Yet with conscious work we can realize what archetypes we currently embody and enable ourselves pass the thresholds easier and quicker. Which character of the Greek mythology are you right now in your life ? If you are feeling stuck, perhaps it is time to understand this character, learn his lesson and pass through the threshold and transition before you. Are you ready to embark upon a lively, meaningful life where you walk amongst Gods and Heroes ?
Andromeda is the woman who suffers her mother’s hubris and unfulfilled desire to be better than everyone else, a narcissistic desire.
Her mother’s comparisons, unrealistic expectations and unhealthy view of Andromeda ends up having the maiden chained to the rocks by the storming seas. There comes a great resistance, or, rather a great force into the scene. The Sea-Monster Cetus rises from the depths of the wine dark sea and curls its oily body around the rocks where the chained maiden dwells.
Andromeda is robbed of her own life due her mother’s complexes. She is the young woman who stays where she is put, haunted by the depressing thoughts and feelings from the dark depths. She is constantly under the vigilance of her own monster from the Unconcious waters. Cetus is her power turned against her. When we do not let our energy into the world, it turns around and sabotages us back. All oppressed desires and energy will come back in the form of horrible things.
Andromeda is the chained woman. What will happen to her ? Is she going to rot where she is ? Are the sea-birds going to hunt on her ? What will become of her ? How does she break free and become the “ruler of men” she is destined to be.
I call our hero, Perseus as the accomplished masculine. He already has completed deeds, he has archetypal gifts and support (Helm of Hades, Shield of Athena…). He is already a hero, his mettle has been tested and he passed through the tests. Now it is time for him to become a ruler, too. Perseus gains consciousness in his former adventures, he completed his own quests and now he is coming to conjunct with his female part.
It is interesting that Andromeda stays chained, suffering her mother’s unlived life as Perseus accomplishes that much. These two figures give us clues about the parts of the self. Conscious and the Unconscious.
Perseus is the conscious, the masculine part. He accepts his gifts, interacts with others, competes, defeats his monsters and releases a Pegasus into the winds. He is loved, cherished and supported by the Olympians. He is gifted. He is the male principle, the Consciousness.
Whereas Andromeda stays chained, slowly paying back her mother’s unsatisfied, unlived, unaccomplished life. She is the victim. Yet Andromeda is her name, ruler of men.
After the unification of Perseus (Consciousness) and Andromeda (Unconscious), can the Self emerge as a ruler, no longer a victim or a roaming hero but a King/Queen to build a house, kingdom for the future.
Until the inner-masculine (Perseus in our story) arrives, the woman stays as a victim. She is paralyzed and enslaved without her inner man. Only after the arrival of inner-masculine, the blocking elements from the Unconscious (Sea-Monster Cetus) can be handled and lifted.
The Masculine breaks the chains of the Feminine. He defeats the Sea-Monster, the Dragon that has been keeping us a prisoner for too long.
What keeps us in this victim stance ? It can be unrealistic expectations from our family. For women it is sometimes unfulfilled desires of the mothers. We are all chained down watched over by the strict rules of the society. Over-culture is a life-draining monster.
Women with rather weak Masculine qualities are the people pleasers, passive, empty, non-creative people with little reason or knowledge.No mistake, we all start out this way. Yet on the Journey, we get to let our Masculine side grow and acquire his own accomplishments and finally free us of our chains.
If you feel there is a similarity between Andromeda and your current situation it is recommended that you dig out your inner masculine. Find him, in whatever condition he might be. Birth him. Nurture him. Mother him. He will grow to be a hero, your hero.
As a small starting step I recommend practicing this small exercise:
Write down all the masculine images that stayed with you. This can be images from art, movies, books… make a long list and try to see what you have.
I used to be an Andromeda. Bound to the shores of the Unconscious due external issues and circumstances. This is not our fate but just a page in our story book. Every woman has her Perseus inside. Your inner-Perseus, inner-Masculine can be hidden, forgotten and slipped down to Unconscious, like a great antique city that lurks at the bottom of the Sea. It is my duty to guide you through your Darkness to find him and bring him to your daily life where he will liberate and empower you.