7/5/11

Goddess of the Week: The Vily

White horse in fieldImage via WikipediaTony would like a culture clash goddess, a goddess who can help him flow from one cultural continuum to another. I think he needs the Vily, the Eastern European nature goddesses who can change shape to fit any occasion.

The Vily are like many girls you might have known in high school: they travel in packs and are really into good hair. The love to party, and they've been known to give awesome gifts, but watch out. If you step on their toes they might literally dance you to death. So, as always with goddesses, tread lightly.

The really cool thing about the Vily, however, is that they are shape shifters, and isn't that what you need when bridging the cultural divide? As shape shifters, the Vily possess the enviable ability of being infinitely adaptable. They can be whatever they need to be, and, therefore, wherever they go, they feel at home. Spreading your wings biking through Belgium? They can do that. Working the nightshift in police headquarters? Hey, they're totally cool with that too. And here's the kicker: As flexible and adaptable as they are, they are also, always, themselves. They may become the horse, for example, but they are still the horse with the awesome mane and the party girl prance.

The Vily remind us that adaptability and flexibility are keys to authenticity, not barriers to it. Adaptability and flexibility speak to a willingness to step out into the unfamiliar, and only by exploring the unfamiliar can we see beyond the limitations that self, family, nation and culture set for us. Only by exploring the unfamiliar can we begin to wonder who we might be and who we can become.

Channel this goddess: When caught between cultures or navigating between different worlds, when feeling resistant to change, when you just can't find your party girl prance.

Need a goddess: A got goddesses! Post a comment saying what you need or want a goddess for. Then check back in a week or two and see what I found you. It's fun! It's free! Why are you being so resistant about this? Channel some Vily and post already.
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13 comments:

Tony Van Helsing said...

Cheers Margaret, shape shifting is the key. We all assume different characteristics to deal with the circumstances we are in. Much appreciated.

Laurie said...

Wow! Just when I think you've run out, you come up with another fantastic goddess. Love this one.

Tony Van Helsing said...

@Laurie: Margaret will never run out. She has an entire Cosmos to work with. Life is good.

Daisy said...

Great post and very much needed Goddess, or Goddesses? Might need a whole gang to get some folks moving! Much to ponder in that last paragraph.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I often find change unsettling. Maybe I need to hop atop this pony

Petrea Burchard said...

Another fantastic piece, Margaret. I think I'll read this one over and over again for many reasons, including the message and the writing itself.

It strikes me that we can all use the help of the Vily every day, in navigating our diverse culture, and our divergent America, with grace.

altadenahiker said...

How do you know this stuff? (!)

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Olga said...

Oh, yeah. I did know those girls in high school and I always wondered how it was that they were also the ones who look exactly the same 45 years later. Now I know...they can shift into their younger selves for the reunion. No fair, I say.

Cafe Pasadena said...

When I 1st saw this Goddess my thot was this was for the KB de Altadenarider.

Shell Sherree said...

You really do have a gift for this, Margaret.

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

faccia bella

Susan Campisi said...

Vily makes me want to travel to faraway places like I did when I was young, before I had a pack of animals. You sparked a long dormant wanderlust in me, Margaret. But Petrea has a point: I can use Vily's help right here at home.