12/8/11

Goddess of the Week: Pele

English: A Caucasianized High Chiefess Kapiola...
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Jenny is feeling overworked and under-inspired.  She needs a goddess of passion.  She needs the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele.

According to Hawaiians, all volcanic activity is caused by Pele.  She had a bunch of sisters and numerous husbands, many of which she "accidentally" burned.  The fact of the matter is, she was a bit fickle when it came to men.  She would hang around all sleepy and quiet for years and years and years, and then she would find the man of her dreams and WAKE UP.  Inspiration would flow through her, and it was all she could do not to create little island after little island.  Unfortunately, the men she loved weren't always that into her because she was pretty high maintenance.  If she got tired of you: POOF!  You were literally lava-lamped.  If you got tired of her: Poof!  You were also lava-lamped.    Plus, she had these low maintenance hula girl sisters who were always stealing her thunder.  Which of course meant: Poof!  Lamp-lamped!

Still, what you've gotta love about Pele is that she totally understood how passion flowers best after periods of dormancy.  She wasn't out there 24/7 making islands.  No.  She would create, then she'd rest, then she'd create. She understood that, in fact, creativity requires dormancy.  It demands that one lay fallow now and then so that one's very spark can be lighted anew.  Personally, I would prefer a little bit more control over that spark. Would that one could turn it on and off like a lightbulb.  Alas, no such luck, at least in my case.  But take comfort, Jenny, inspiration in such a gifted soul as yours will return.  Just turn out the light.  Sleep.  Rest.  When you're body is ready, your spark will be too.
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9 comments:

Olga said...

Somehow I doubt that Pele has had much of an infuence on Vermont. Still, we do have this dark time that must be the equivalent of dormancy.

CafePasadena said...

And all this time I was led to believe Pele was only a great soccer star from Brazil.

Shell Sherree said...

Those low maintenance hula girl sisters are nothing but trouble. I will remind myself of Pele regularly. Thanks for another great goddess, Margaret.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'll be helping myself to a little bit of Peles thunder right now if Jenny can share. Deadline looming says get your ass out of the fallows and come up with something fabulous. hmpf

Daisy said...

I like the idea of balancing rest and creativity. gives me a good reason to take all these naps.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm having a period of dormancy at least for tonight. I'm tired. I'm allowed. I also get a cookie. It's all in the name of art.

claire said...

creativity requires dormancy...

Yes, definitely...

Susan Campisi said...

Pele has given me hope. Perhaps I can look forward to some passion after an extended period of dormancy.

altadenahiker said...

Kind of like crop rotation, isn't it. Pele's my kind of girl for a number of reasons, but perhaps most especially because she always had the last word.