Behind the Name Lily Lion Labyrinth

Naming anything is hard. Shakespeare might argue that names don’t matter, but ask any magician and they’ll tell you words have power. What’s in a name? Well, a lot.
 
Lily Lion Labyrinth takes its name after three of the most sacred symbols of my spiritual path. They were chosen because they embody the qualities I want to embody, and the qualities I want to share with you. They are a summary of everything this site stands for.

Lily

They bloom in mud and shine in the darkness like a gift from the gods to remind you that no matter how bad something is, it will get better. That no matter how dark the night, the light will come for you.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

 

Lilies have always been sacred to me even before I knew their rich symbolism and history. Tiger lilies burst forth like flames from my grandmother’s backyard and the kitten that came into my life when I was thirteen took her name from them. She saved my life.
 
Like the best things in life, Lily has a contradictory and nuanced meaning. In some cultures it represents purity and innocence. It’s a very feminine flower, but to the Greeks, it was also very masculine. A symbol both of chastity and virility, all at once.
 
It’s a flower of royalty, as exemplified by France and the fleur-de-lis. It’s a flower of death, one of the most popular funerary flowers out there. Lily is also a symbol of rebirth and resurrection, bursting forth from the soil after its own death, over and over. Like the tiger lilies in my grandmother’s yard.
 
Ultimately lilies represent Hope. And nothing is more human – or more sacred.

Lion

 

Truth does not sit in a cave and hide like a lie. It wanders around proudly and roars loudly like a lion.”― Suzy Kassem

 

I was raised to keep quiet. Like many others, my family has a tragic backstory that I was taught never to talk about. My beliefs? They’ll get us all in trouble. My mental illness? Can’t tell anyone that, either; it’s dangerous. When my father walked out on us, my best friend told me she was always jealous of my perfect life. It surprised her to find out I never had one.
 
Lion doesn’t bite his tongue. He doesn’t hide. He doesn’t let abuse slide. He knows where his loyalties lie – with his family, not with the opinions of strangers.
 
I want to embody the strength, courage, protectiveness, loyalty, balance, and truth that Lion does. And I’ve spent the past several years of my life speaking out, reaching out, and learning how to roar.

Labyrinth

 

The only person who can solve the labyrinth of yourself is You.” -Jeremy Denk

 

Labyrinths aren’t mazes. Mazes are full of sharp turns and dead ends, a beginning and an ending. But labyrinths only have one path. There are no corners to get caught in, no wrong turns. A single winding road going from the external into the deep heart of the matter.
 
Going into the labyrinth is descent into the core of yourself. At the core of it you face your shadow and grapple with the Dark. If you make it, then you exit the same way you came in. The beginning is the end. It’s all one spiral.
 
I’ve been dancing in and out of the labyrinth my entire life; I call it shadow work after Carl Jung. It can be a scary path, but it’s the only one if you want to grow and discover yourself.
 
I want to help others walk their own labyrinths. Whether by providing information, a shoulder to cry on, or physical items and art to take away some of the fear and pain.  Little reminders that you’re not alone.
 
The goal of Lily Lion Labyrinth is to help bring you hope, courage, and guidance on your spiritual journey. So it’s fitting this website’s name means just that!

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