Circe, a prominent figure in Greek mythology, is often depicted as a powerful sorceress or witch. She is renowned for her vast knowledge of potions and herbs. According to myth, Circe resided on the island of Aeaea, where she practiced her sorcery.
One of her most famous appearances is in Homer's "Odyssey." When Odysseus and his crew arrive at her island, Circe uses her magical powers to turn his men into pigs. However, Odysseus, protected by the herb moly given to him by the god Hermes, confronts Circe and demands his men be returned to their human forms. Impressed by his resilience and aided by Hermes' magic, Odysseus resists her powers. Circe and Odysseus eventually become lovers, and she helps him on his journey home by offering invaluable advice and guidance.
Circe is often portrayed as a complex character, embodying both the benevolent and malevolent aspects of the divine feminine. She represents the archetype of the enchantress in Greek mythology, a figure both feared and admired for her deep, mystical knowledge and her capacity to transform. Her story intertwines themes of magic, transformation, and the intricate relationships between gods and mortals.
‘Circe urges you to look past the illusions and find the power in reflection. Just as the Greek enchantress transforms Odysseus’ crew into wild beasts based on their true natures, the negative dialogue we allow within ourselves on a daily basis changes the way in which we perceive our reality. We fail to recognize the delicate balance between inner and outer turmoil, allowing the mirror-image of our negativity to reflect into the physical world around us. Circe has come to help you reclaim that positive thought-process once again, beginning with the reflection within you. Only by relieving yourself of the burden of self-antagonizing behavior can you truly open your heart to possibility.’ - Circe card in Femme Folk oracle deck.