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Storyboard: Sing of the Goddess

Aug 29, 2011

by Su Wu

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Sing, muse, of the time before myths were old. Of the goddesses who roamed among us, their stories yet untold. Sing of the Goddess of really bad fakes, of purses marked “Bucci” and sunglasses by “Channel.” Sing of the Goddess of unwashed hair, the Goddess of outsized proportions, the Goddess of unrepaired friendships, the Goddess of shades of blue.

[Clockwise from top left: Four vintage decorative stones from Oldism; Modern Norwegian candelabra from Loken11; Handmade sun tapestry from nerina52; 1970s op-art vintage vase from oppning; Vintage Native American sterling silver ring from alchemievintage; Gray silk ’80s trousers from Hold My Gold Vintage]

Tell of the Goddess of mutterers and mumblers, of those who make no distinction among consonants. Chorus: What of the Goddess of places I’ve never been, and tomorrow? Sing!

[Clockwise from top left: Antique archery banner from Daily Memorandum; Vintage Ben Hur “Flesh” face powder from Tin Store; Genuine scarab Victorian brooch from vintagesparkles; Faux bloodstone ring from jeanjeanvintage; Faux marble pyramid from longroadtonowhere; Oxidized olive leaf brooch from squirrelnuts; Mid-century gooseneck lamp from modfolk]

The Romans had a Goddess of the sewers, Cloacina. I leave some fruit at the altar of the Goddess of the coastline, who protects those against whom the waves break. Sing of the Goddess of aging riot grrrls, of flea markets and excursions to small town thrift stores, of forgetting.

[Clockwise from top left: King Tut 1976 Enamel necklace from kimvintage; Vintage Issey Miyake cape jacket from grandmaslittlegirl; Moon chimes from mudpuppy; Handmade eye bracelet from ALittleDot; 1910s platinum and diamond ring from luxedeluxe; Antique Cartier cigarette lighter from artyfactz; Gauzy striped tunic from LuvStoneVintage; Handmade leather sandals from telena]

And most of all, sing of the Goddess of ambiguity — the one who lives in murky gray areas, the source of beautiful androgyny, yes, but also of moral uncertainty. This Goddess is the killer of karma, the upender of deserving. She protects those who know that nothing we do will necessarily lead to anything else in this world — but it doesn’t mean we can stop trying.

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77 comments

  • mythofus

    mythofus said 5 years ago

    I love this! Beautifully written.

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 5 years ago

    i'm thinking about moral uncertainty

  • MadeinMogotes

    MadeinMogotes said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 5 years ago

    wonderful prose!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    I've fallen in love with the silk trousers..

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    So beautiful Love the antique ring !!

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 5 years ago

    Tacoma is set to unveil her own Goddess of Commerce statue,on the last day of August....and Su's quote "She protects those who know that nothing we do will necessarily lead to anything else in this world — but it doesn’t mean we can stop trying."......describes Tacoma perfectly....always throwing the dart, and making tiny holes in the wall.

  • noonblueapples

    noonblueapples said 5 years ago

    Superb writing, amazing collections! I'll take it all!

  • ThreeImpossibleTasks

    ThreeImpossibleTasks said 5 years ago

    Beautiful invocation of the lesser-known goddesses. :)

  • DaisyandFlorrie

    DaisyandFlorrie said 5 years ago

    Wonderful - words, items, thoughts - may the Goddess of your muse inspire and keep you.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for posting!

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 5 years ago

    Playful and lighthearted! I enjoyed reading it.

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 5 years ago

    Great post; love the collections.

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 5 years ago

    Great words, cool items. Thanks.

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 5 years ago

    Amazing! Thanks for posting :)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for sharing !

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    One of each, please. Thanks for the beautiful narrative that pull the pieces together. Always fun, Su.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Great post! Thanks!!!

  • jamesanthonycampbell

    jamesanthonycampbell said 5 years ago

    The antique cigarette lighter is very cool.

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 5 years ago

    L O V E L Y - as usual.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    I am most inclined to worship at the altar of the goddess of bad habits! She gets me. ;)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Interesting post, reminds me of American gods - the new gods of mobile phones, tv and the Internet...

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 5 years ago

    Fun article! Thanks for sharing.

  • DarwinsDress

    DarwinsDress said 5 years ago

    hmm, not sure on this one, a little depressing somehow. I agree it does seem to be the American goddesses to go with the American gods as LittleWrenPottery mentioned..............mobile phones, tv, internet

  • GirlyGeekChic

    GirlyGeekChic said 5 years ago

    What a super cool way to present etsy sellers!

  • lethilogica

    lethilogica said 5 years ago

    @DarwinsDress - my favorite patron saints are the ones who watch over the hopeless, the lost causes, the broken hearts. There's something lovely, at least to me, about goddesses of the quotidian everyday.

  • HoldMyGoldVintage

    HoldMyGoldVintage said 5 years ago

    So many amazing pieces!

  • alchemievintage

    alchemievintage said 5 years ago

    I'm so flattered! Thank you so much. I love that mid century lamp! Just beautiful collage!

  • jeanjeanvintage

    jeanjeanvintage said 5 years ago

    This post was like a five star dinner for my eyes. Thank you for including my faux bloodstone ring. Also, I am seriously thinking about getting that archery banner! So amazing!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 5 years ago

    Interestingand fun

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Thought provoking writing and very lovely collections. The archery banner is spectacular. Pretty sure it came from a fraternal order group, probably used in a meeting ceremony. Looks like it's c. late 19th-early 20th century. It's a beauty, all right!

  • Oldism

    Oldism said 5 years ago

    Great collection !

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • Ferncliffe

    Ferncliffe said 5 years ago

    Great article and lovely collections. Thanks for posting!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    Very interesting and great collection.

  • carolinascreations

    carolinascreations said 5 years ago

    Very Inspiring!!

  • katielynnjewelry

    katielynnjewelry said 5 years ago

    another wonderful collection!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 5 years ago

    I must confess I petition Goddesses of my own invention quite frequently... Your Goddesses of the Everyday are the most fascinating to me also! What a wonderfully strange feast these words are~ Thanks, very thought-provoking. :^) Heidi

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    One of the best collections of words I've ever read. Thanks, yet again, Su!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Cool items.

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 5 years ago

    Love this article!

  • kararane

    kararane said 5 years ago

    Goddess of Ambiguity,,perfect.

  • artyfactz

    artyfactz said 5 years ago

    really beautiful words and great items... delighted to be in the mix!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    It seems the feminine divine is alive and well in this modern world after all!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    Lovely items, thank-you for sharing! Kathy

  • Lambert

    Lambert said 5 years ago

    Well written post (as always), keep 'em coming!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    i do wonder about the goddess of the bamboozled, bumbling, bumble bees of yesteryear. where have they gone, this goddess of the easily duped and manipulated, the followers of nothing other than frothy stories of mobbing greatness.

  • nerina52

    nerina52 said 5 years ago

    Thanks for posting my tapestry with other precious objects... very interesting the way you present and write about us!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 5 years ago

    Love this! Love your pick and now.... I really need to go get ready and wash my hair.... awaken the goddess in me ;) Btw Nerina52 I love your tapestry! Cheers! Hibou

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 5 years ago

    goddess of the sewer! rofl! :)

  • MedicineBeads

    MedicineBeads said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 5 years ago

    I agree with Hibou above... that tapestry is lovely!

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    Lovely items, nice article!

  • Agent137

    Agent137 said 5 years ago

    Wonderful collection of items and lovely presentation. Morning inspiration.

  • GemBijouterie

    GemBijouterie said 5 years ago

    Is well written! And to the Goddess of ambiguity we cast ourselves into the oblivion of thousands who have listed before us the fruit of their labors. That we try, and never cease is the song of peace and inner determination. Just wanting to make it better, we leave behind the labors of trial, the fruits that one special favorable condition will germinate.

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars said 5 years ago

    Sewer Goddess! LOL. I love it! Who knew?!?!

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 5 years ago

    Oh, I want the cloak!

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux said 5 years ago

    Goddess of unwashed hair? That hits pretty close to home. Guess it's shower time. Gorgeous items!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Beautiful - love your article and images!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    Love this! What a creative way to write the article - I love the individuality of it!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 5 years ago

    Scratching my head here....

  • vintagesparkles

    vintagesparkles said 5 years ago

    A piece I had to share!! so beautifully written!!!!

  • vintagesparkles

    vintagesparkles said 5 years ago

    tweeted!

  • TripleGemini

    TripleGemini said 5 years ago

    Always love your collections!! Thank you!

  • lethilogica

    lethilogica said 5 years ago

    thanks for the kind, supportive vibes, everyone! For more reading, here is the awesome Dictionary of Obscure Goddesses: http://www.thaliatook.com/OGOD/ogod.html I'm really tempted to get another cat just so I can name her Hella.

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 5 years ago

    super cool

  • LuvStoneVintage

    LuvStoneVintage said 5 years ago

    Finally got a chance to check this out....AMAZING!!! Great picks, awesome taste! So happy my "goddess" dress was a part of this. Thank you for picking us!

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 5 years ago

    If I sing to the Goddess of Forgetting, will I remember the tune? LOL! this is fabulous writing and an ingenious presentation of etsy sellers. Thank you!

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 5 years ago

    If I sing to the Goddess of Forgetting, will I remember the tune? LOL! Thanks for this fabulous writing and beautiful presentation of etsy sellers.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago

    Love the vintage ring.

  • oppning

    oppning said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Love your writing and your taste! Thank you so much for the featuring!

  • BrightFireBeads

    BrightFireBeads said 5 years ago

    very fun!

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 5 years ago

    greAt EyE!

  • 2k2l2e2v2e2n

    2k2l2e2v2e2n said 5 years ago

    Dance to the goddess of the interweb! That we may sway in unified font and gratuitous exclamation point!

  • lethilogica

    lethilogica said 5 years ago

    @2k2l2e2v2e2n - HAHAHAHA! The goddess of the gratuitous exclamation point is my favorite.

  • WiredGoddess

    WiredGoddess said 5 years ago

    so wonderful, a smile has erupted from deep within,wonderul words

  • LCHsteph

    LCHsteph said 4 years ago

    Very unique! Like it a lot! Luxe Photo Templates

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