Hot Nymph Summer; Calypso
Nymph /nimf/ - noun
1. a mythological spirit of nature imagined as a beautiful maiden inhabiting rivers, woods, or other locations.
Calypso is a beautiful nymph who spends her days soaking in the sun on her island Ogygia. She appears in Homer's Odyssey when Odysseus washes up on her island and becomes her lover. After 7 years and some divine intervention, he makes his way back to his wife on Ithaca.
Calypso is often depicted as a tragic figure who falls in love with people she can't be with, or a lonely woman who has to trap men on her island for intimacy...But I don't think that Homer really considered the secret inner world of women.
Calypso is an immortal nymph, and Odysseus is a mortal man. To her, 7 years is like a summer fling. A man that happened to wash ashore is just a drop in the ocean of her life. She lives on an island full of beautiful nymphs, fresh fruit, verdant gardens and sea air. Her world isn't destroyed because a man left.
The name "Calypso" derives from the Ancient Greek καλύπτω (kalyptō),meaning "to cover", "to conceal", or "to hide". According to Etymologicum Magnum, her name means "concealing the knowledge". What hidden knowledge does Calypso have for you?
Just because a man is there, it doesn't mean he's your soulmate
Savor the present and honor your feelings
No matter how vast and expansive and impressive your life, some people will define you by your relationship with a man
To quote Cher; "A man is not a necessity, a man is a luxury, like dessert. I adore dessert. I love men, I think men are the coolest, but you don't really need them to live."
The Calypso candle evokes sensuality, sea salt spray, waterlilies and succulent blood orange. Hands sticky with grapefruit juice and driftwood piled up for a beach bonfire. Skinny dipping under the full moon. Romance and occasionally nursing an aching heart. Our secret inner selves and desires. Calypso lives in the present and has a keen awareness of her wants & needs.
There's a strong link between our memories and our sense of smell. I like to think that the same can be true through time; that smelling certain combinations of plant oils can transport you to the beach of Ogygia.
My hope is that these candles help you embody the different archetypes of the myths they explore, and they serve to infuse this particular time in your life with their plant magic and intention.
Calypso and the rest of Hot Nymph Summer coming May 30th, 2021