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Mnemosyne with the beautiful hair, is an obscure mother Goddess--not exactly the one we immediately think of when we hear the term, Mother Goddess. She was the daughter of Gaea and Uranus, and after consorting with Zeus for nine nights, gave birth to the nine muses.
Her essence is that of memory and remembrance. Mnemosyne helps us to recall past events, which can help us to predict the future. The ancients believed that when one died, and their soul went to Hades, the departed was given the option to drink from the River Lethe (Named for the Goddess of Forgetfulness) or the River Mnemosyne. To drink from Lethe would erase all memories of your past lives, all memories of pain and suffering and all lessons that came with it. To drink from Lethe ensured reincarnation in order to rediscover all the lessons forgotten. But, to drink from the spring of Mnemosyne ensured a place at Elysian Fields (Heaven) for eternity.
Devotees of Mnemosyne were consulted for their skills in divination. Initiates were said to undergo intense rituals that included being buried alive in tombs for days to "remember the lessons from the Great Below." To successfully complete this initiation secured for the newly graduated Oracle a special seat which was called the Throne of Mnemosyne. Therefore, Mnemosyne is a Goddess who can help you in past life recall as well as future life progression.
Mnemosyne was an important Goddess to our ancient ancestors who were illiterate and lived in an oral culture. The mnemonic device comes from Mnemosyne, as does alliteration and recall by way of choral/ singing methods, all methods for committing information to memory. She created language and words, gave humans the ability to communicate with one another and the faculties to remember. Further, with the birth of her daughters (the nine muses), Mnemosyne is credited with evolving human consciousness with the power to process memories through the perspectives of each of the individual muse’s domain -- history, astrology/astronomy, comedy, theater, music, dance, poetry, writing and oration.
She continues to be an important goddess in our modern world, as well. Her energy is invoked anytime we recall something, any time we use a device to help us retrieve information and that includes: a string tied around the finger, crystals, SIM cards and electronic drives, our bodies. She is a great Goddess to invoke when you want to study for a test, for rote memorization activities and to store things away for later recall. Her energy is also invoked when you engage in reflective diary practice.
If you are plagued with a haunting memory, Mnemosyne reminds you that it is not the memory that is troublesome, but your perception of the memory. Memories are neutral -- neither bad nor good. It is how you perceive them that can help or hurt you. In fact, it is the muses, her daughters, that put the spin on your memories. In psychoanalysis, one can not get rid of the memory without first recalling it, and it is not unusual for a therapist to suggest a creative endeavor to their client as a means for healing the past. Therefore, the Muses lend a hand in healing our hurts and helping us to be better people in the here and now.
The misnomer “history” derives from Mnemosyne, (I say misnomer because I believe it should be called “herstory.”)
Symbols: any recording device, books, pens, crystals, tape, paper, chisels and rocks, number 9, mnemonic devices, language, words.
Root chakra- for mother.
Third eye- for the vision it takes to recall a memory.
Heart chakra- for “knowing things by heart” is another way to say you “memorized” it.
Air - mental faculties
Earth - mother
Water - spring of Mnemosyne
Simple ways to honor Her energy and connect to Her essence: reminisce, write a memoir, create a scrapbook of photo memories. Snap pictures of your vacations, children's school years, create a family recipe book, participate in a family tradition or ritual. Use words to construct memories. Have a lively debate that draws on your inherent wisdom. Listen to a brook or stream. Drink spring water to boost your mind/ memory.
Connect to the deeper aspects of Mnemosyne with these diary prompts:
Recall a time that you had to rise above your circumstances. What was the situation like? What did you do?
What is one way you commit things to memory?
Where does your body tend to store memories?
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You are not what happened to you and you are not how you perceive it, but these two are like chisels shaping the marble of your essence.
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