"Damsel", Archetype Cards, by Caroline Myss
With the link provided above, you can read the full info for the Damsel archetype that the creator of this deck, Caroline Myss, provides as a free resource.
Note what stands out to you as you read through the description. If any memories come up, images, songs...if you linger on certain passages.
This portion stood out to me to include in this blog post:
"In reviewing your relationship to this archetype, return to your fantasies as a young girl and note what your expectations were in looking for a mate. Most significantly, were you (or are you) consciously or unconsciously awaiting the arrival of your Knight in Shining “Amour”? Did you think or behave like a Damsel? Were you hoping to be rescued? And if you are now coping with the consequences of a broken relationship, can you trace the reasons for the failed partnership back to being disappointed that your expectations as Damsel were not met?"
As you might know, I set the intention for every card reading that the information provided be for the highest good of all involved / whoever comes across it. Sometimes, it seems like the card reading is speaking just to me. Maybe you feel that way too? (I forget I am involved with the reading, too, so no wonder I get surprised at times... :) )
This is one of those readings that hit me in my gut. And I'm inspired to share with you a personal story, as part of the reading.
I recently did this guided meditation by Linda Ugelow, and in one part of it she guides us into seeing ourselves as a two-year old, with our family (and our adult selves) all around, showering that two-year old version of us with the love, encouragement, and support we craved growing up.
Upon deeper reflection, I noticed how my adult self knew exactly what to do to give my two-year old self the love it sought...And it struck me at a very deep level that I had the key to my happiness all along. That I, and only I, could give myself the love I really longed for. (Of course, we may not have been taught or understood this growing up).
Thus, I had been "looking for love in all the wrong places", by looking for it outside of myself. I allowed what others did to either make me happy or sad, and thereby making myself dependent on them behaving in certain ways to please me.
With this card showing up in the reading today, we have the opportunity to look at any Damsel aspects that are still lingering within ourselves. Maybe it has come to light with recent events? This could be in reference to a romantic relationship (or desire for one), but it could also encompass relationships with family members, friends and/or colleagues (boss?).
This week, we can focus on transforming any Damsel aspects into the Queen. To bring back the power of our happiness into our own hands. To become fully responsible for the way we feel once again.
Abraham-Hicks speaks on how we can do this in the following YouTube video (which I synchronisitically came across just a few days ago...don't you just love that??).
In parting, below is a Compassion card (from Pema Chodron's Compassion Cards deck), which I felt inspired to pull as our Next Step: As you breathe / center yourself / quiet your mind, and focus on the words of this card...what "main points" stand out to you? What does your soul believe, or stand for deeply? What deep truths surface as you gaze at this card?
Whatever "main points" come up for you in quiet reflection are the ones you are encouraged to practice this week.