Placating the Serpent

The Devouring Serpent
by Heather Blakey August 2009

In a modern world where money has been on the ascendancy for decades, the serpent consumes everything, fattening itself, leaving a wasteland wherever it has been.

In Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes devotes a chapter to Hestia. She does not specifically name her but then she does not have to because the presence of this Goddess vibrates, just as surely as song lines sing, through every lyrical word that Estes pours like mulled wine.

In Chapter Nine, Homing: Returning to Oneself, Estes tells us that there are seasons to go home, to return to ones ancestral grounds. After touring Great Britain and Europe for six months in 2001 I felt a great sense of homing as I touched Australian soil, breathed Australian air once more. However, to home does not require an overseas jaunt. Unlike the Atlantic Salmon we do not have to swim thousands of miles to reach our ancestral space or to arrive at our soul home. All one has to do is cross the threshold , step through an outline drawn in chalk and claim space with Hestia.


Called Home
by Heather Blakey August 2009

The old ones have been calling and I choose to respond to their call. I come to Hestia seeking her support and guidance.

Reference: Women Who Run With Wolves: Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Chapter 9 Homing: Returning to Oneself.

9 responses

  1. Time to lift WWRWW off the shelf again…..I love the picture with all its underlying messages and themes.

  2. Yep, I just pulled my copy off the shelf! If this endeavor at Hestia’s Hearth were a college-level course, then the required text for the course would certainly be WWRWTW.

    1. This course may not have the formal recognition but everyone who engages will quickly become aware that it could well be a college-level course. Makes me quiver with delight!

  3. Great image, Heather.

  4. your imagery is wonderful as ever – the full stories are there for all to see. I shall be diving into Estes also, of course …. 🙂

  5. That’s just what I needed to read Heather. Coming home to oneself describes my experience of Hestia’s Hearth. Thank you.

  6. This passage gives me a lot to think about. I have been feeling uncertain about so many things right now. It’s powerfully centering. I think I need to light a candle. Thank you!

  7. wonderful drawings that pull on the psyche to come to a point of rest at the fulcrum. My return each late afternoon to my quiet home fulfills me after each satisfying, but potent, day.

  8. so much to think about — home where we were born and raised, where our ancestors come from, where we move to and feel at home– should i visit png, will i do it before i die, and what of England, thanks for provoking so much to think about Heather.

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