Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sophia, Listen to Your Wisdom

Today's reading was done using The Goddess Oracle.

Sophia is the Greek Goddess of wisdom.
She is know by many other names: Hohkma in hebrew, Sapientia in Latin, Mother of All for Gnostics, and the Holy Spirit in early Christianity.

One of her symbols is the dove. The dove today is still a symbol of purity and wisdom. She is the dove that appeared to Mary and entered her to create life. She is Aprodite's dove who adds wisdom to her beauty to bring peace. Hebrews see her as the female aspect of God. According to Gnostic creation myths she was born of silence and gave birth to both Male and Female who together created all the elements of our material world.

Her sacred shrine is Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

By those who love her she is readily seen,
And found by those who look for her,
In every thought of theirs,
she comes to meet them.
-Wisdom of Solomon 6:12 and 16

You of the whirling wings,
circling, encompassing energy of God:
you quicken the world in your clasp.

One Wing soars in heaven,
one wing sweeps the earth,
and the third flies all around us.

Praise to Sophia!
Let all the earth praise her!

-Hildegard of Bingen

She is here today to remind you to always listen to your inner wisdom. All woman are wise by their very nature but to often we have been taught to not trust ourselves. Don't listen to others who will make you second guess your wisdom, this includes your own negative voices.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lilith, Remember Your Power

Today's reading was done with The Goddess Oracle.

I dance my life for myself, I am whole, I am complete.
I say what I mean and I mean what I say.
I dance the dark and the light, the conscious and the unconscious, the sane and the insane and I speak from myself, authentically, with total conviction, without regard for how I might look. All the parts of myself flow into the whole all my divergent selves unite as one. I listen to what needs to be heard. I never make excuses. I feel my feelings deeply and profoundly. I never hide. I live my sexuality please myself and pleasure others. I express it as it needs to be expressed from the core of myself, from the wholeness of dance. I am female, I am sexual, I am power, I was greatly feared.

Lilith's story, perhaps more then any other Goddess, has changed greatly over the centuries. Some believe she was a Sumerian Queen of heaven proceeding Inanna. In a later she is the demon snake at the base of the tree Inanna was tending too. However, the ancient poem this story comes from does not mention the name of the demon snake. Some believe her name was attached to this story much later after the Hebrew story of Lilith came about. The Hebrews believed Lilith was Adam's first wife. She left Adam because she refused to lie beneath him during intercourse. She insisted that because they were created equal that they needed to have sex equally. Adam's second wife Eve was made from a part of his rib so that she would have to be submissive to him. It is from this story that many modern feminists find inspiration.

Lilith is here today to remind you of your power. Do not let others control you. Always stand up for yourself. Insist that those around you treat you like an equal.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blodellwedd, Betrayal

Wednesday's card was drawn from The Goddess Oracle.
I will be away so the next reading will be on 9/28.

The Goddess Speaks- I am old as wisdom, and what is given I take.
I was fashioned from flowers—I mean that quite literally. Two men, great magicians I am told, crafted my body from bud and blossom, petal and pollen. Nine kinds of flowers, of course, they knew that much: the tiny tassels of great trees, the sweet small meadow blooms, the wild-flowers woven with the wheat. And the hawthorn-bloom, white as winter. Hawthorn. Did they not know? The arrogance of Men, to believe they see.
When I awoke, they dressed me like a doll in pretty clothes. They gave me a pretty name, after my pretty face, whose pallor they mistook for snowdrops, asphodel, lilies.
Then they gave me to a man I'd never met.
They were so filled with what they had done. Did they think they could make him a wife as one makes a pair of shoes?
He was young, beardless and eager, bright of hair and quick of hand. He was handsome, yes, and well-pleased with my beauty. I hid my hatred then, and waited on the inevitable opportunity, all the while playing at the loving wife.
Then came the evening my lord was away, and the hunter appeared at my house. He desired me, and did not care to conceal it. And I desired him. How should I not desire my freedom?
That night in my husband's bed, we betrayed him. The hunter's help I would have, and enthralled to my beauty, he gave it freely.
Now my lord could not be easily killed, for the magicians had seen to that much. About him they had woven a strange unlikely fate—so unlikely that there should be no way he might chance upon his death, whether upon the battlefield or by illness, or by some improbable accident. What they did not see, was that if that is the only way he can die, it surely shall be the way he will die.
When he returned, I got it from him. You would think it would be difficult, getting a man to tell such a secret, that kept safe his life. No, he told me readily and in detail.
A year later it was prepared. It was absurd, really, how easily he was guiled into that ridiculous pose. Not inside nor outside, neither riding nor on foot, not this nor that, all cleverly overcome. He must have known one cannot tempt the darkness so, or that such middle-realms are no place for a mortal. As it was, Fate had been invoked, and must make her answer. The hunter, well-trained in his craft, did not err. The spear stuck fast in my lord's flesh, starting from his side, and his spirit fled.
Now I am revenged. The hunter I leave to his disappointment, the magicians to their sorrow. Whose spirit did they think came into that blossom-body? In their arrogance, they believed they created me. Me! I am old, older than Man who walks this earth, old as the bright spring that invariably finds it way to winter. For I am the White Lady, and death is my bride-price.
- by Thalia Took

Blodeuwedd is considered a symbol of betrayal because she had an affair and killed her husband. But there has been another betrayal here. She was created without being asked and given away to a man without being asked. What she did was wrong but how could she learn right from wrong if she'd always been treated like a possession. Remember this as you go about your day. How do you treat the people around you? How do people treat you? Treat people the way you want to be treated and demand that others treat you with respect.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sekhmet, Embrace Your Anger

Monday's card was drawn from The Goddess Oracle.

Sekhmet was the warrior Goddess of Upper Egypt. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath created the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare. After battles the people would hold festivals to pacify Sekhmet so that the destruction would end. Legend goes that after one battle her anger and blood lust could not be quenched and she almost destroyed all of humanity. So Ra tricked her by filling the Nile with beer and pomegranate juice so she thought it was blood and drank it till she was intoxicated and her anger quenched. The Nile really does turn red every year as it floods and red soil floats into it. This story could easily be a story of the Goddess saving the people from the flood water.

She is here today to remind us that anger is a real emotion and you can not deny it. Part of a woman's strength is from her anger, so don't hold it in. Confront your anger, understand what is behind it, and then release it. But don't hold onto it or it will burn you.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Star, Time to Enter the Healing Waters.

This weekends card was drawn from the Motherpeace deck.

The Star card represents the calm after the storm. She comes after the destruction of the Tower card. Now everything has quieted down and you are in need of self-healing. It is time to remember that inside every woman is the radiant beauty of the stars above. On the Yucatan Peninsula of Central America women perform the healing ritual that is depicted in the Motherpeace artwork. A hollow is created in the earth and a woman baths there naked. The other women cover the surface of the water with flowers and dance around her singing and praying in order to heal her. This is the nurturing effect of tribal sisterhood.

In our fast paced modern lives we need to remember to set aside time for self healing. Take some time this weekend for a ritual bath, a massage, or eat some nourishing food. Or better yet plan something with your sisters and friends. You don't need to spend money you could give each other pedicures.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Crone, We are entering the time of the Dark Goddesses

Friday's card was drawn from the Motherpeace deck.

The Crone corresponds to the Hermit in a traditional tarot deck. She is the wise old woman. She stands at the cross roads and appears to those who need to make a decision. You are in darkness and not sure which road to take. She uses her lifetime of knowledge and shines a bright star in the sky to show you the way. Is there someone in your life who could be the Crone? Have you been listening to her or shutting her out? Or is the Crone you? It's not about age, the Crone represents anyone with knowledge and guidance. Is there someone in your life in need of your help? Think of these questions as you go through your day today.

The Crone also represents the Dark Goddesses. As Mabon will soon be here they are starting to call to you. This is the time of the Dark Mother, Demeter mourning the lost of the her daughter Persephone. It is time to finish your harvest and prepare for the long winter. In this coming season reflect on Hecate. She is the Goddess of the crossroads. Just like she aided Demeter in finding Persephone, she will be there to guide you through the dark times in your life.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ace of Discs, an Earthly Gift.

Thursday's card was drawn using the Motherpeace deck.

Aces represent gifts and since this card is a discs the gift will bring stability to your life. It could mean a new job, family member or friend. It may represent a new pattern of thinking in your life. The baby in the card is playing with a baby leopard. The leopard is it's spirit animal and will bring power to the child's life. The baby is also surrounded with acorns and sitting in front of a warm fire. This child has all it's earthly and spiritual needs met.

Today look for the gifts offered to you. They may be subtle but they will be there. Know that you will be as well taken care of as this child.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Eight of Discs, Finding Value and Pride in Your Work

Wednesday's card was drawn from the Motherpeace deck.

Depicted on this card are several women working on different crafts. They all are working on different projects but they have a common thread. Each item they are making has a useful purpose, something that will be used daily. Despite the fact that they are making common items they still put great care and creative energy into each piece. These women know that they are working together to weave a happy community. They understand that the energy they put into the objects they make will transfer to the people who use them. Knowing this secret makes their work satisfying and enjoyable.

They are here today to remind us that no job is meaningless and the energy you put into it will return to you. If you can find value and pride in your work your whole life will be more positive. However, if you focus only on the negative parts of your work you will be miserable doing it. So check you mental state before beginning your day today.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Daughter of Discs, the Future is Full of Possibilities

Tuesday's card was drawn from the MotherPeace deck.

In the MotherPeace deck daughters replace the traditional pages. They represent youthful female energy. The girl realizing she is becoming a woman. She is full of confidence and hope for the future. As the daughter of discs she has gone to the desert to connect with mother earth and begin her training to become Priestess.

If you are a young women she is here to encourage you to follow your instincts and to not let others discourage you. Your whole life is ahead of you and anything is possible.

If you are past your youth she is here to remind you that she is still inside you. Life may have thrown you some bad turns but don't let it discourage you. It's time to reconnect with mother earth and trust again in your instincts. As a woman you inherently understand how the natural world works and know how to use this knowledge to make your dreams come true. You just have to trust in yourself.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gyhldeptis, Wisdom from the Forest.

This weekends card was drawn using The Goddess Oracle.

Lady hanging hair" is a kindly forest spirit of the Tlingit and Haida in southeastern Alaska; they see her in the long, hanging mossy branches of the great cedars of the rain forest. She is a beneficent Goddess who protects the people of the coastal forests. A nearby whirlpool, Kaegyihl Depgeesk (“upside down place”), was proving to be very treacherous to travelers, dragging down their ships. In a bid to stop the destruction, Gyhldeptis invited the other local powers to a great feast. In her Festival House, she negotiated with the spirits of the wind, the ice, and the forest fire, and they agreed to help Gyhldeptis. Between them, they shaped the coast, turning the whirlpool into a river that would no longer be a danger to the people. 

We can learn a lot from the forest. A forest contains many different parts: trees, smaller plants, animals, insects, birds and even wind, ice and fire. But as a whole a forest functions as one organism. Gyhldeptis is here to remind us that we function in much the same way. We have many parts to our lives: personal, family, spiritual, work and more. When faced with a problem we must remember to use all the different parts of ourselves to find a solution.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ixchel, Women's Creativity

Friday's card was drawn from The Goddess Oracle deck.

Ixchel is a Maya Goddess of the Yucatan peninsula on Cozumel, her sacred island. She is a goddess of the waters, the earth, the moon, and matron of weavers and artisans. She was known as Lady Rainbow, Mother Earth, Womb, and The Cave of Life. She helps assure fertility by holding the sacred womb jar upside down so that the waters of creation can be ever flowing.

She is here to remind us that women's creativity is expressed not only by birthing children but in everything we do. What do you do to show your creativity? Is it through your work, your family, your hobbies? However you do it find time for your creativity. Expressing yourself will help balance your life and relief stress.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lady of Beasts, she's just not finished with us.

Thursdays' card:
I'll have to admit when this card came up again, I thought we can't have the same card two days in a row. So I shuffled draw a new card and there she was again! Three more times and each time Lady of Beasts. She insists that her voice be heard.

Over the centuries this Goddess Archetype has spread to many cultures, all of which share a similar identification with wild places and the animals that live therein. A form of the great mother goddess who births and cares for humanity. She is also seen reflected in Celtic faery myths. Where the boundaries between women and animals continually blur and melt into each other. In so many legends and folk-tales, a beautiful faerie woman turns into an animal and then disappears into the Netherworld. 

W.B Yeats reworked this archetypal theme in his famous poem, "The Song of Wandering Aengus."

I went out to the hazelwood, 
Because a fire was in my head, 

Cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread; 
And when white moths were on the wing, 
And moth-like stars were flickering out, 
I dropped the berry in a stream 
And caught a little silver trout. 

When I had laid it on the floor 
And gone to blow the fire aflame. 
Something rustled on the floor. 
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl 
With apple blossoms in her hair 
Who called me by my name and ran 

And vanished in the brightening air.

She is here again asking us to reflect on our relationships with both animals and the other humans we share this planet with. How do you nurture others? Is there something more you can do? Or are you over whelmed by helping others? Don't forget to take care of yourself and ask for help when you need it.  Remember every living thing on this planet is part of a symbiotic relationship.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lady of the Beasts, we are all connected.

Wednesday's card was drawn using The Goddess Oracle.

Lady of the Beasts (or Cosmic Creatrix) is a Goddess from ancient Sumer, Crete, and the Indus Valley. She is the great mother and is shown in this card pregnant and surrounded by pregnant animals. She is hear to remind us that we are all connected and dependent on each other. This includes all the animals and the rest of the planet. If any species were to stop giving birth we would all be affected. Today think of some way you can help the environment or consider volunteering at an animal shelter. Even small actions go a long way.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Pele, Release your passion.

Tuesday's card was drawn using The Goddess Oracle.

Pele is the Polynesian volcano Goddess. She is destructive and angry, but also a symbol of renewal and rebirth. The fiery power of Pele can not be held back, when it is time for the volcano to erupt it will erupt. She reminds us not to hold things in. You must release your anger, passion, and creativity or they will destroy you.

If you are angry with someone talk to them, clear the air. You may find it helps to grow your relationship. If not then it's time to let that person go.

Have you been feeling restless lately? Remember what it is that makes you passionate and do that today. Let your creativity flow just like Pele's lava creates new land.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cerridwen, Death and Rebirth

This weekend's card was drawn using The Goddess Oracle.

Cerridwen is the Welsh Triple Goddess- Maiden, Mother, Crone. She represents the phases of the moon and the phases of a woman's life. She reminds us that death is not an ending, it is just one stage in the cycle of life. Something must end before something new can begin. Take some time this weekend to reflect on your life. Are there things you no longer need? Is it time to move onto something new? If so take the necessary steps to get the process moving. Do not let your cycles stand still; stir your own cauldron.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Friday 9/3's card: The Erinyes

Today's reading was done using The Goddess Oracle.

In Greek mythology the Erinýes (Ἐρινύες, pl. of Ἐρινύς, Erinýs; literally "the angry ones") or Eumenídes (Εὐμενίδες, pl. of Εὐμενίς; literally "the gracious ones" but also translated as "Kind-hearted Ones" or "Kindly Ones") or Furies or Dirae in Roman mythology were female chthonic deities of vengeance or supernatural personifications of the anger of the dead. 

The Erinyes are appearing today because there is a crisis in your life or in the life of someone you know. Crisis can take many forms- mental, physical or even economical. You can not fight this crisis yourself. You need to ask for help or find help for your loved one. This card is a definite call for action. 

The Erinyes correspond to the Tower card in a traditional Tarot deck. You are in the middle of a crisis but remember there is always a beam of light to guide your way. When the destruction clears the Star will be waiting for you with her warm light and calming waters.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Thursday's 9/2 card: Yemaya

Today's reading was done using The Goddess Oracle.

Yemaya is a Santeria African-Caribbean Goddess of the Sea. Yemaya reminds us that we are part of something bigger then ourselves and when we remember this our problems seem smaller. Have you ever floated in the ocean or other pool of water? Do you remember that feeling of letting yourself go, of surrendering to the water, of letting the world fade away? If things in your life are starting to overwhelm you today imagine you are floating in the water and let your problems fade into the vastness of the ocean.