What’s In A Name?
As a teenager I strongly identified with the heroine Storm of the X-Men. Her compassion, serenity and willpower resonated with me. She became my role model and inspiration. Storm was born with the ability to control the weather and this made her majestic in my eyes. I related to the wildness of her power. Many a time I drew my mother’s ire for playing in thunderstorms. I had always wanted to fly. I loved the sound of the rain. However, Storm’s powers came at a cost. As her abilities were tied to her emotions, she had to keep her feelings in check or else she could have potentially disastrous results on the environment. What teenager could not relate?
Another unique aspect to Storm that rang true to me was her connection to the Divine. Storm often prayed to a Goddess or “Bright Lady” and was herself worshiped as a goddess by her African tribe. This powerful representation of the sacred feminine echoed aspects of my earlier obsessions: Snow White, for her naivete and kindness, Princess Leia, for her bold independence, and Marilyn Monroe, for her uninhibited sexuality. Storm also mirrored my earlier devotion to the Ancient Egyptian goddess Nephthys which continues to be a powerful source of my spirituality.
Through high school and into college I followed Storm’s adventures as chronicled in The Uncanny X-Men and in Classic X-Men reprints. I obsessed over her portrayal in the 1980s cartoon series. In college I felt so strongly identified with Storm that I adopted her name, first as a nickname and then legally. In 2008, I created this site to share my love of my namesake, but it soon grew into much more.
Stormantic is a combination of the words storm and mantic (pertaining to prophecy or divination) which weaves together my connection to nature as well as my affinity for tarot. I now use it as an umbrella term that covers comics, art, dolls, writing and tarot.
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