Backstory and Offerings
Like Ariadne, the Goddess of Passion and Labyrinths (see more on her story below), offered Theseus a golden thread to find his way back trough the labyrinth after defeating the minotaur, Roxanne supports clients in finding their way through their own inner labyrinth. Services include expressive experiences, consultations, and support for clients during times of challenge, sorrow, or indecision. Or any time when there is a need for creative problem solving, personal exploration, and rebuilding of community or relationship connections. Golden threads are those stories and themes that have resonated with us and offer clues as to what might be our best paths toward solutions.
Reading the Symbols and signs through Tarot
I use an assortment of beautiful Tarot and Oracle card decks to give readings and visually stimulate our conversation to find out what energies and situations may be informing ones current path or choices.
Spiral Journey Dances and Guided Meditations
Similar to the shaman's or adventurer's journey, we will descend into the underworld of dreams and the subconscious to find allies, confront monsters, retrieve soul parts, and reintegrate into society with a greater sense of personal power. Shift those personal myths and turn tragedy into triumph!
Inspiration for the Name:
The ancient greek myth of Ariadne is one of many twist and turns like the puzzle of the labyrinth her father used to contain the Minotaur, a voracious beast born of disobedience to the Gods, who fed on the flesh of humans. Ariadne is the daughter of Minos who assists Theseus in his quest to slay the minotaur and rescue the Athenian youths. She does this by giving him a ball of golden thread so he might better navigate the labyrinth and return safely from within. Theseus in exchange promised Ariadne to take her to Athens, but he abandons her on the journey as she sleeps. Dionysos, the God of merriment, finds her in her agony and makes her his wife. He bestows upon her the crown of Thetis which later became the constellation cluster, the Corona Borealis, when she is immortalized. It is a story of reclaiming innocence and sexuality. Finding joy beyond sorrow, resurrection, and passion. Ariadne is known as the goddess of passion and her cults have performed dances and orgiastic celebrations alongside expressions of lamentation in the vein of festivals also associated with Dionysos and Aphrodite. Her dance is the spiral dance.
"She was famous for dancing her spiral dance, while weaving her thread of magic....Ariadne dances the spiral dance of the Labyrinth. She dances spiraling down to the center where the monster waits. She represents that inner self we all seek in our path to enlightenment. Coming to terms with our darker selves and facing our "monsters" within, help us to heal." Her association with serpent Goddesses of Greek Myth and the medicine of the snake being transmutation: taking in poison, or going through a rough situation to transform and heal are connections with this character that are particularly relevant to the purpose of Ariadne's Passion.
find more out about Ariadne, the "Mistress of the Labyrinth"
Confronting our inner "monsters" can allow us to move forward and step into our personal power and "get out of our own way" so we may live the lives of our dreams and stop self-sabotaging.
Often the great sorrow's we endure open our hearts and allow us a depth of empathy we can share with others. As in the quote from Rumi, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Flowing Compassion and forgiveness often comes through tears.
“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” - Marcel Proust
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation – either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Ariadne's thread is also the solving of a problem with many possible solutions through applying logic to all available routes through an exhaustive process. Used often in terms of ethical dilemmas. "It is the particular method used that is able to follow completely through to trace steps or take point by point a series of found truths in a contingent, ordered search that reaches a desired end position. This process can take the form of a mental record, a physical marking, or even a philosophical debate; it is the process itself that assumes the name."
"The key element to applying Ariadne's thread to a problem is the creation and maintenance of a record - physical or otherwise - of the problem's available and exhausted options at all times. This record is referred to as the "thread", regardless of its actual medium. The purpose the record serves is to permit backtracking - that is, reversing earlier decisions and trying alternatives. Given the record, applying the algorithm is straightforward:
- At any moment that there is a choice to be made, make one arbitrarily from those not already marked as failures, and follow it logically as far as possible.
- If a contradiction results, back up to the last decision made, mark it as a failure, and try another decision at the same point. If no other options exist there, back up to the last place in the record that does, mark the failure at that level, and proceed onward.
Puzzle/ problem Solving through exploration and record keeping.
As we weave our lives within community, our individual story threads each contribute a wonderful part and unique color to the greater tapestry of life. Allow Roxanne Olivia Abell to be your guide on this journey by reaching out to request a guidance session.