Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hathor: Gracious Receiving


Here's a card I pulled last night. I like this card, but the image kinda makes me giggle. Nice...nipple fountain? But I suppose the metaphor of nurturing, giving love and sustenance from your breasts makes sense, considering breasts are used to feed and nurture young.

This card is similar to the high priestess (see the moon-esque headdress on the Hathor figure?), and a bit like the Empress, too. It has the added meaning of allowing and receiving. Instead of just giving, us moms, wives and women in general need to allow ourselves to receive. And not just receive, but GRACIOUSLY receive. Do you know those women who say, 'Oh, no, I can't charge you for that.' Or who refuse to let you pay for them, etc? Well, I think all of us are like that at times. Some more than others.

Sometimes I find myself refusing assistance. Other times I feel more able to receive. But even if I allow the gift, sometimes I still feel guilty about it. Why burden the joy of a gift with guilt? Especially when I do try to make a point to give to others and make them feel happy? We need to open up to the gifts of others.

These are all very good things to remember. The give and take of life--the balance therein is an important one. Don't deplete yourselves, dears! Allow yourself to receive.

Love,
MM

10 comments:

  1. This too is a lesson which needs to be repeated over and over again.
    It is also a great reminder to be grateful for everything we receive during the day: compliments, hugs, smiles: The little thing we so often take for granted:D.

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    1. Yep...absolutely! Yes, gratitude is very good. I definitely pay attention to those things and give them as often as possible. Receiving them with love and grace is oh so important.

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  2. Yep. Receiving is hard to do. I've started making these pendants and I've had a couple of people ask me to let them know when I will sell them because they want to buy, and I am so disconcerted over that. Flattered that they want to buy them, excited about a new opportunity, and yet, I find myself thinking I will just make them and give them away because they aren't "good enough" to sell. Since the first offer to buy pendants came to me I stopped making them, and I think the dilemma about selling them and for how much, might be what made me get stuck there. Anyway, your card and your post spoke to me today about that. :-)

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    1. Yes, yes! I am afraid to say I am uncomfortable receiving, but it's true. It's very common, too. I think I sound pseudo-humble when I say, 'Oh, I can give but I can't receive.' It sounds like I am bragging almost, but it's nothing to be proud of! When you don't let other people give to you that's selfish in a way. I think it's actually a form of control. I came to this conclusion after years of reflecting on this issue I have. It feels good to give, and it can almost be like a high. When you receive you're vulnerable--you're uncomfortable. You are fearful that you 'owe' someone because they gave to you. So it's a kind of clenching feeling. In a way it's a stingy feeling! I noticed this during sex, too. Where I can't relax enough to orgasm a lot of the time--or receive that. Anyway--haha. TMI, but you know. There's nothing more gracious than being a good recipient, whether it's during sex or if you're the birthday girl. Approaching things with gratitude and openness is a huge gift to whoever is giving you something.

      Good luck--please sell those necklaces for a fair price and do it joyfully!

      XOXO

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    2. Yeah, vulnerable. That is what receiving makes one feel, isn't it. I'm not sure why that should be so, but you've definitely captured the feeling I get.

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  3. Hello Ladies. Old Sticky Beak is here again!

    You know, I am in this position too with bags and dresses and all those things ...

    I have underpriced myself to begin with because of not thinking I am good enough.

    So I think the best way is to look at your pendants and firstly think 'how much did the materials cost?'. Then you need to factor in your time. And I think that is fair. Nobody should really be able to argue with that, even the person making it. I have taken a good few days to work on my latest project - lots of cutting, ironing, measuring, unpicking, sourcing, sewing. All of this should be inclusive in what you charge and people will respect the item more at a decent price than if you are giving it away for next to nothing. You are giving your art some worth. And of course, if people don't want to pay that price, they don't have to buy it. You'll be surprised by how many people will say 'is that all?' though. A lot of my clients have been friends and family and their contacts, which makes it even harder to discuss money. As long as you are honest, I think people don't mind.

    So where does one see these pretty necklaces then?

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    1. Thank you so much for asking! You've prompted me to write a post and share some pictures: http://siddaleahprojectme.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-trees.html I"m still perfecting my technique, so these I will keep for myself, but I will keep working on them.

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  4. Thank you, Sir Sticky Beak!

    I did not mean to exclude men from this convo!!! Sorry. It applies to all of us, and I think artists of all kinds have been struggling with this for eons!

    I love what you said, sir. The price is just a fact! No other profession haggles over their price quite so much. It is a frustrating thing. We need to take back our earning power!!

    Thanks for commenting, lad! And good luck with your line if creations. I think everything looks exquisite. Your site looks awesome, too.

    Xxxooooxxxx
    MM

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  5. Had to laugh at your nipple fountain comment :) The milk from Hathor's breasts is said to have created the milky way - how's that for creativity! So, a reminder, too, that we receive from the Universe, even if it comes in a more down-to-earth form. Why should you feel guilty if it is the flow of life itself that brings delights to your lap? Hope you allow yourself to receive with joy!
    Hugs,
    Cxxxxx

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    1. It is amusing, and I imagine that would be an efficient way to feed the Universe? :) I am trying to release guilt on this topic, for sure!

      Thanks for the love,
      MM

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