9. Medusa

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In Hellenist tradition the priestess MEDUSA, a beautiful woman who vowed celibacy, was cursed into the form of a  gorgon by Athena after the vow of celibacy was broken when Poseidon (god of the seas) raped Medusa in Athena's temple.  While some sources say that Athena punished her as a form of victim-blaming by turning her hair into live, venomous snakes and giving her gaze the power to turn men into stone, others say that this was granted as a protection; by casting MEDUSA away from the sea and into the caves, with those snakes and a killing gaze as self defense, it would be possible that she could finally live in peace.  When MEDUSA is present in a reading, the querent is asked to reflect on the process and narratives shared that misunderstand intentions of others (or self), and to examine how unfair processes can be made more fair, then implement those changes.  It's important at this time to get a little solitude to gain additional perspective, insight, and healing; it's also important to create firm boundaries and practices that give safe distance to appropriately process hardships. 

This card is part of the PANTHEON Suit in the Woven Wisdom Oracle, which recalls details in divinity that apply to our lives. Thank you to those people of the living faith traditions who offered additional insight & context into the importance of these divine figures.  This suit asks, what can I learn from the figureheads and their living traditions. that I may observe myself with that same reverence?

Could relate to: gossip, decisions made based off of inaccurate information, failing a popularity contest, interpersonal tensions resulting from biased information

Key Questions:

  • How can I be a stronger advocate for myself?

  • What are different ways to check if I'm being understood correctly?

  • Is my closeness to another party making this matter more complicated?

  • How do I react and interact with unfair narratives about me?