Daily Angel Oracle Card: Demeter, from the Goddess Oracle Card deck, by Amy Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto
Demeter: “Feelings and Emotions”
“I felt it all
the rage the anger
the joy the happiness
the tearing the anguish
and I searched
for the middle ground
the sure path
between what I felt
and what I did with it
Then I shed the skins
the layers that build up
when feelings aren’t voiced
By giving my feelings
their rightful place
I keep myself far
from the intensity
Mythology: “Demeter (pronounced deh’me-ter), whose name means “doorway of the mysterious feminine,” was worshipped as the Great Goddess long before the patriarchal Greeks conquered the Goddess worshipping peoples of what is now Greece and imposed their Olympian male dominated pantheon. As Great Goddess, Demeter is known for the founding of agriculture, instituting the social order, and for her mystery rites at Eleusis. One fine spring day, Demeter’s daughter Persephone was captured by Hades, god of the Underworld. Demeter, in her grief and emotional trauma, withdrew her life force from the earth and winter came. Zeus persuaded Hades to return Persephone to Demeter. To trick Persephone into staying with him, for no one could return from the Underworld having eaten the food of the dead, Hades gave Persephone a pomegranate and she ate six seeds. Therefore she was allowed to return to Demeter for six months of the year. The other six she spends with Hades in the Underworld.”
Meaning Of The Card: “Demeter has come to light your way through the dark and challenging labyrinth of feelings and emotions. It is time to nurture wholeness by accepting, acknowledging, and expressing your feelings. Feelings are what you feel. Emotions are your reaction to your feelings. Feelings left unexpressed build up and can create disease for they take up space inside and keep healthy energy from flowing.
Perhaps as a child your feelings (and you!) were not heard, therefore you needed to give them more energy in order to get any sort of a response. Perhaps you fear your emotions and/or feelings will render you too vulnerable, overwhelm you, or take you to places from which you will not be able to return. Demeter says the more you learn to accept and acknowledge your feelings, the less time you will spend in emotional turmoil and the more energy you will have to live life. The more you learn to accept and honor your feelings, the safer it will become to express them.”*
~by Amy Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto
What keeps coming up for you right now? Are you hiding your true feelings, afraid of hurting someone else? Are you afraid that if your true feelings are known you may not be accepted or you may lose the approval of those close to you? What is holding you back from being honest with yourself; and what is holding your tongue?
Repressed emotions can have a negative impact on our overall health, creating dis-ease due to the blockages of energy. In order to heal, we must forgive ourselves for any self-judgment that we have held towards our feelings or the expression of our emotions. We must also look closely and see if this judgment is something that we took from the opinions of others. Maybe we have been hiding our true self for far too long; maybe it has caused us inner turmoil or confusion. It may be causing an identity crisis, what we project out into the world vs what we truly feel is our authentic self.
In order to move forward it is time to get honest and communicate. If speaking out loud is too frightening at this point, try writing a letter. Even a letter to yourself, or to a passed over loved one can be amazing therapy in processing old thought patterns and belief systems. It is a wonderful way to get clear on where these feelings have come from. Imagine a physical release as you see the words appear on the paper or screen, as if they are literally being pulled out of you like painful slivers, allowing room for healing now. Feel into the space left when they are removed and fill these spaces with Love and Light. Bring up every emotion and allow it to wash over you as you write; blessing and releasing each experience.
Allow yourself to heal through this process, knowing that these feelings are being released permanently from your body, mind and spirit.
Imagine what is possible with all that emotional baggage gone.
And all that room for Love and Light.
~ Archangel Oracle