KICKASS WITCH : Putting The "K" In Magick
Do you ever feel like there's a gigantic gap between the way you're living now and the life of your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could wave a magick wand and all of your problems would just disappear so that you could finally step into the kickass life you know you were meant to lead? I can't promise you that transformation is as easy as waving a magick wand, but I do have quite a few tricks up my sleeve and am more than happy to share them with you here. So, chin up, Gorgeous, stick around and, most importantly... BELIEVE!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I Am The Dark. I Am The Light. And So Are YOU : Exploring The New Maleficent Archetype...

Linda Woolverton, a self-proclaimed feminist, wrote the screenplay for Disney's Maleficent, which is currently the most successful movie in the world.

She is also, thanks to her screenplay for Alice In Wonderland, the first woman to earn a sole writing credit on a billion dollar movie.

This is big news for women in film, for women who love movies, and for men who love women and want to live in a world where the masculine & feminine are culturally represented in balance.

It is probably no surprise then that this new Maleficent is multifaceted and more complex than her cartoon predecessor...

This Maleficent is both light and dark. She is neither villain nor damsel in distress. She is flawed, powerful, humorous, hard, soft, and subject to change.


The Sleeping Beauty myth has been told in many ways by many cultures for hundreds of years and can be seen as a metaphor for what happens to girls when they come of age on or around their 16th birthdays (that damn bloody prick!) and fall into a kind of deep trance-like sleep that leaves them feeling powerless until awoken by the kiss of their one true love, their "prince".

It is a myth that has, especially in Disney's first take on it, reinforced the patriarchal idea of women as passive and naive creatures who must be protected from themselves and ultimately saved by a man.

Thankfully, it is a myth that is now being retold in a way that has the potential to break the Prince Charming Is Coming enchantment that has plagued both men and women for far too long.

The time is ripe for embracing the Sovereign Goddess, and I think that this new Maleficent archetype could go a long way in helping us do that... 

She poses the question "What if true love's kiss came in the form of our own selves? Our grown selves? Our healed and wholed selves?"

At least that's what she says to me.

If you view all players in a dream or characters in a movie as archetypes or aspects of your own psyche, you might take the young, effervescent Aurora as the naive but fully engaged inner child and the bitter, disillusioned Maleficent as a kind of wounded healer... the eventually redeemed Mother figure on her way to becoming one kickass crone!

It's like this...

When a woman is betrayed by the man she loves and trusts, she may feel that he has stolen her wings, her pride, her joy and sense of freedom. She may grow vengeful and bitter.

She may blame, shame and regret the naivete of her youth for allowing this to happen, erecting thorny walls of protection around herself, and projecting her pain onto other young women by cursing their beauty & innocence.

She might even convince herself that she is doing them a favor by sparing them the grief she herself has suffered.

And- she might stay like this for a very long time. 

Unless... or until... she might one day find herself tempted by curiosity or some small amusement that opens her heart, even just a teensy crack to the joy & wonder & love-of-life that still exists somewhere deep within.

She could then be moved enough to eventually heal.

She may begin to feel a stirring within, a softness & growing compassion, a deep longing to lift the enchantment of anger, forgive the past, and embrace the sweet, dear inner child within... with love, true love, SELF LOVE, the kind of love that flings open the door to amazing possibilities and all kinds of magick.

Real Magick.  

It is then that the curse will be broken and she will be given back her wings. 


8 comments:

  1. Nailed it...! And to Disney, it's about time you told the full story! Great blog post, JoAnna!

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  2. You sure did nail it! I didn't expect to enjoy the film as much as I did as I'm not a fan of either actress. (Plus I'm always running, so get me in a dark room & never fails I fall asleep in movie theatres haha!) But I thought they did fine jobs & the retelling & back story (did the animated version ever explain why she had a raven? I didn't think so) was so lovely, really made the story more... whole? XXX Jet

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    1. Agree with all of this! It does round the story out so nicely & makes it so much more empowering for young girls. The raven connection was cool too- I think that could have been goofy in the wrong hands, but they definitely pulled it off & I love that actor.

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    2. Did you guess the secret to the spell? I guessed earlier on when she was showing her everything & enjoying Aurora's wonder at it all. That key to the spell was to me the most empowering part for girls! And yes in the wrong hands the raven could have been really cheesy, but they did it well & incorporated the character so well too! XXX Jet

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    3. I did! I could see were they were going, but I didn't mind at all. That might normally bother me, but I think I was a little too swept up in the fun visuals and empowerment themes to care. Brave, Frozen and, as you mentioned, Snow White, lots of girl power happens for the kiddies these days :0D

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  3. That's exactly how I felt, I was so swept up in the visuals (oh man now I wanna see it again!), plus I was interested to see how it would actually play out -- that part was a surprise to me. Its great that there is so much empowerment for girls these days, but sad that we actually have to make note of it -- it should be the norm not the exception. XXX Jet

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  4. I totally missed this blog post, but thanks to Kelly-Ann I found it and enjoyed it so much. I found Maleficent through a podcast about villians in stories and movies and it told about this movie's totally different approach on that. I was intrigued when I watched it, and immediately saw all the strong archetypes and loved Maleficent's journey from light to dark and back. When I recently watched Molly Robert's video on pop pantheons, Maleficent is definately in for me as the goddess who embodies light and dark and what you can gain from psyche diving. And isn't it the coolest thing ever, that don't have to wait for Prince Charming but go and f***ing save yourself? Much love and Happy New Year to you and Tanner

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