Women Connect to Goddes Selene

Selene, Goddess of the Full Moon, is a Titan – the generation of Greek divinities that ruled prior to the Olympians.  She is called Luna by the Romans.  Selene is depicted as a woman riding side-saddle on a horse, or in a chariot drawn by a pair of winged horses.  She wears a crown with the lunar sphere or crescent on it, or has these moon images on her cloak.  Author Jean Shinoda Bolen writes the following in her book,  Artemis, the Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman: “With the description of Selene as the full moon incarnate, I was struck with the realization that it was her fullness as she is that needs emphasis.”   I agree with the author when she also shares that a woman’s maturity brings qualities of her passions, dedication, and perseverance to the place where a woman can say, “I Am A Full Woman”.  This affirmation appeared in Rachel Bagby’s (award-winning artist, author, composer) dream when she was feeling anything by full.  It was a healing song for her.   Since then it has been so for countless other women, who dance and chant, ”I am a full woman, I am a full woman”,  and take this message to heart.

Women Connect With Goddess Selene

What can we learn from Selene’s Archetype – The Lover?

Women Connect With Goddess SeleneThe Lover Archetype represents passion and selfless devotion to another person. It also extends to the things that make our hearts sing, like music art or nature.

The shadow aspect is obsessive passion that completely takes over and negatively impacts on your health and self esteem.

How To Work With The Lover

You may be drawn to this stereotype if you are looking to attract a new lover or to re-ignite the fire in an existing relationship.  The Lover can also be a useful tool to discover what you are passionate about in life.

On the shadow side you need to ask, whether the energy and time you are putting into relationships, or enthusiasm for projects is excessive? If this continues for too long you are likely to suffer from stress and physical ill health.

Women Connect With Goddess Selene

 

 

Message From Goddess Ixchel

Ixchel (pronounced EE-Shell or ISH-Chell) has been revered since ancient times as the Mayan Moon Goddess and Medicine Woman.  As an embodiment  of the moon,  Ixchel is  intimately  connected to the tides of water and controlling rain.  She is also called Lady Rainbow, as her essence is infused in water-droplet prisms that create rainbows.  Ixchel is also a mother goddess that helps with fertility and childbirth.  Finally she is a powerful healer and can connect you to your foundational roots as a spiritual healer.

Message From Goddess IxchelDoreen Virtue writes the following message from Ixcel in Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards:

1. “Commanding power is not the same as demanding it.  Demanding comes from a childlike place akin to a tantrum, based on fear that it might be withheld.  Commanding is based upon the sure and steady knowledge that you are part of the Great Spirit’s grace and wisdom.

2.   You’re a lightning rod that can conduct the power.  Simply connect to the power through unyielding clarity of your thought processes.  Don’t waver for a moment in your sure and steady decision to be a conduit of the power that already resides within you.

3.   Connect to the even bigger source, and allow it to amplify your natural power  In this way, you’re a steady connector of the Infinite, from the Infinite, and to the Infinite.  In other words, it’s all Spirit: around you, through you, and to whomever you’re healing.”

Message From Goddess Ixchel


 

Goddess of Willpower – Romi Kumu

April 16th, 2016 | Posted by Velda in GODDESS WISDOM

Goddess of Willpower-Romi KumuRomi Kumu is the Goddess of willpower and was a major goddess to the Baransama people. Her main following would be people from South America. It is believed that she is the Great Mother and that she created the world and everything in it. This includes the Underworld.

This South American Goddess of Creation is strongly connected to the Rainforest and Tigers. Her sacred stone is the bloodstone, which is the symbol of the warrior. Which suits her well considering she is a strong, powerful,  and aggressive goddess.

You need to feel the strength you have within and use that power to materialize that which you want.  Feel Powerful!  When you can look at your own needs and desires for happiness,  you will discover that you can better bring change and happiness to the people you love and to yourself.  Your happiness is not exclusive of theirs.  You will embark on a journey of self discovery.Goddes of Willpower - Romi Kumu

Romi Kumu’s Ritual, Get Your Way! is found in Amy Zerner & Monte Farber’s book Goddess, Guide Me:

1.  To get your way, tie a red scarf around your head or wear the color red in some way.

2.  Light a red candle to represent the fiery nature of your desires and a pungent stick of incense to carry your words through the air to all the world.

3.  Make a fan by folding a rectangle of red paper over and under several times.  On the folds of this fan write these words:  Strength of heart, strength of will, can my dearest dreams fulfill.  Fasten the fan with a paper clip and firmly wave it through the incense smoke to intensify the aroma. Say the words you have written on aloud one time for each fold in your fan.Goddess of Willpower - Romi Kumu

4.  Place fan under your pillow to empower strength of will.  Try “lucid dreaming” as you fall asleep.  Remember  that it is your dream, and you can will it to turn out the way you want.  This is reinforcing the fact that you have  the power to control your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Goddess Meditation

January 25th, 2016 | Posted by Velda in GODDESS WISDOM

Great Goddess of Willendorf

The Great Goddess of Willendorf, Austria, is among the oldest artwork we have from the Paleolithic Period dating sometime between 28,000 and 25,000 BCE.  Author Hallie Iglehart Austen in her book, The Heart Of The Goddess, describes this figure as the all-encompassing Great Goddess.  The author writes this statue is a woman’s faceless, egoless primal Self, peaceful in her body and her miraculous power as Woman and as Earth – to create (MOTHER OF US ALL).   Over 90 present of human statues found from 30,000 to 5,000 BCE were females much like The Great Goddess of Willendorf shown above.

Great Goddess Meditation

The following is a condensed version of author, Hallie Iglehart Austen’s, suggested practices and meditation on becoming familiar with the Goddess:

1.  Set up a sacred place for Goddess Meditation.  Visualize actually being in the presence of this Great Goddess.

2.  If you don’t have a small Goddess figurine, imagine the small round shape fitting easily into the palm of your hand.  It is a reminder of our source of the Sacred Feminine.

3.  Visualize being in the presence of this Great Goddess.  She is Earth.  Her body reflects mountains, valleys, fields and rivers.  She reflects you as a woman, your body.  She is you.  Your are her.   Interact with her through words and/or actions by repeating the following:

4.  O Great Mother, mother of us all, oldest of the old, come to me through the labyrinth of time to help me remember the wisdom of my forebears, the eternal life-giving power of a woman.

5.  It is important to remember mothering is a powerful image for all acts of creativity and nurturing.  The Great Goddess is available to us, she is one with us.  We just need to believe.

6.  To continue this meditation exercise you might want to create your own Great Goddess.  Have fun!

Great Goddess Meditation

 

 

 

 

Creating Goddess Affirmations

November 18th, 2015 | Posted by Velda in AFFIRMATIONS | GODDESS WISDOM

Create Goddess Affirmations

Studying Goddess Mythology is rather new for me.  However, I have found that many women are becoming more drawn to the feminine energies surrounding many of the world’s Sacred Goddess Centers.  I certainly felt the Earth’s or Goddess’s feminine energy at the Minoan Ruins.  Today lets focus on how to feel and believe in our Goddess within.  In the book, Goddess Bless! Divine Affirmations, Prayers, and Blessings, author Sirona Knight guides the readers on how to create affirmations to contact the Goddess you need, when you need her.

The author recommends a simple formula for creating Goddess affirmations.  You can customize your affirmations to fit your personal situations or specific issues.  She suggests begin with a basic phrase consisting of one or two lines.  Keeping it short and to the point, makes it easier to remember for repetition.

Creating Goddess Affirmations

Following is a basic affirmation suggested for healing by author Sirona Knight:

Today and every day, I feel the healing power of

the Goddess flowing through me.

Create Goddess Withing Affirmations

After you have a basic affirmation to work from, you can then begin to tailor it to fit other situations and needs.  If you are needing wisdom, you can change the affirmation like the following:

Today and every day, I feel the divine wisdom of

the Goddess filling my body, mind, and spirit.

Create Goddess Withing Affirmations

To give the affirmation more power, you can call upon a particular Goddess to help give you the wisdom you need.  Keep repeating the lines until you begin to feel the power of that Goddess.   Imagine in your mind’s eye the great Celtic Goddess Anu, whose main power was her motherly wisdom, as you repeat the following affirmations:

Today and every day, I feel the divine wisdom of

the Great Mother Goddess Anu filling my body,

mind, and spirit.  She is helping me to

make the best choices possible.

Create Goddess Withing Affirmations

You can also add your name to personalize the affirmation even more, for example:

Today and every day, I, (your name), feel the divine

wisdom of the Great Mother Goddess Anu filling

my body, mind, and spirit, and helping me to

make the best choices possible.

Create Goddess Withing Affirmations

To make your affirmations more successful, consider setting up a sacred space for doing them.  Pick a place that is out of the way and private.  It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, but where you feel comfortable.  It is nice to place an image of a Goddess or something that represents her such as a favorite rock, flowers, or a special photo.  Enjoy creating your own affirmations and Awakening your Goddess Within.

Creating Goddess Within Affirmations

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The first day of my Crete pilgrimage, Carol Christ, Ph.D, lectured and guided the group through the Minoan Civilization Section of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  We were then taken to our first Minoan Ruins to visit.  Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete.

Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization.  The two famous faience (glazed ceramic) Snake Goddesses were found in the Knossos Ruins.  Snake Goddess had a broader function of Universal Mother or Earth Mother and was thereby principally a fertility deity.

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The Phaistos Disc is an enigma and the most important artifact  found  in 1908, at Phaistos, the ancient Southern Crete Minoan Palace.   It is a circular clay disc inscribed with symbols stamped on both sides that are unlike any signs in any other writing system.  The disc is thought to date from around 1700 BC.  The text consists of 61 words, 16 of which are accompanied by a mysterious “slash” mark.  Currently, it has not been deciphered.

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My favorite Sacred Center was the Palace of Malia.  The site was inhabited in the Neolithic and early Minoan period (6000- 2000 BC), but very little trace remain. The first Palace was built in 1900 BC and destroyed in 1700 BC when a new Palace was built. Following the fate of the other palaces in Crete, it was also destroyed in 1450 BC and the present ruins are mainly those of the new palace. The Palace of Malia is situated on the North coast of Crete, East of Heraklion. To the south lie the Lasithi Mountains.  Little is known of the Old Palace though some finds from this period attest to its wealth.

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The Bees Pendant below is one of the most famous exhibits in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  It’s a very detailed representation of two bees carrying a drop of honey to their honeycomb. It was found in the Old Palace cemetery at Chrysolakkos, outside Malia Palace. Bees were very important in the Minoan, matriarchal civilization.  As a symbol of the Mother Goddess, bees represent mutual support and fertility.  The large Pitho Jar was another artifact found and is on Malia Ruins site.  These oversized jars were used for storage of foods, grains, olive oil, and possible wines.

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Walking on the grounds of these Sacred Centers was the most fulfilling feminine energy empowerment  I can truly remember. If you want to know more about the women’s Goddess Pilgrimage and the Minoan Culture, please check out www.goddessariadne.org.

 

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I was fortunate to have two days in Athens before meeting on the Island of Crete.  There were four of us pilgrimage sisters that met for the first time in Athens and traveled together to Delphi Ruins (510-323 BC), which is known for the Pythian Games or the precursors of the modern Olympics.   However, I learned Delphi was labeled the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth, or the center of the world.

Where I felt strong feminine energy was spending quiet time at the Temple Ruins of the Goddess of Athena.  To walk amongst those enormous stones, feel the space being wrapped in the womb of the mountain, was spine-thrilling.  I invite you to imagine joining me and visualize the feminine spirit, as we gaze at this photo of the amazing ruins and surrounding mountains.  You possibly can feel the heat penetrating your skin and energy rising up through the soles of your shoes.  Believe me, it did feel like we were at the navel of the center of the World.

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The trip to Delphi was a 11 hour round trip from Athens.  I only had part of the next day to visit Acropolis which fortunately was within walking distance.  My friend and I got up the next morning and was at the gate at 8 a.m.  The Parthenon served as a temple to Athena.  This was considered Sacred Grounds of Greece.  What was so moving was seeing Acropolis at night from the top of our hotel. There something so magical about this ancient city that raises above today’s Athens.

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It is impossible not to feel the energy of this magnificent ruins.

Goddess Wisdom – Oshun

September 4th, 2015 | Posted by Velda in GODDESS WISDOM

Goddess Wisdom - Oshun

One of the most important roles that Oshun plays is that of the goddess of the sweet waters and the protective deity of the River named Oshun in Nigeria.  Alongside this river is a sacred grove, probably the last in Yoruba Culture, dedicated to Oshun.  Sometimes she is portrayed as a mermaid, with a beautiful tail of a fish (as seen above).

Goddess Wisdom - OshunAs a goddess of love, Oshun is depicted as a beautiful, charming and sensual young woman.  Although Oshun governs love and the sweet waters, she is also regarded as a highly benevolent deity.  She is said to be the protector of the poor and the mother of all orphans.  Oshun is regarded as a healer of the sick, the bringer of song, music and dance, as well as prosperity and fertility.  She is known to teach the art of divination using cowrie shells, as well as songs, chants and meditations taught to her by her father Obatala.Goddess Wisdom - Oshun

After researching this lovely African Goddess, I am wondering if visiting the following festival might need to be added to my bucket list. The festival of Oshun-Osgobo, which takes place every year in Osogbo, Nigeria, celebrates the goddess of fertility, Oshun. The festival renews the contract between humans and the divine. Oshun offers grace to the community; in return, it vows to honor her Sacred Grove. This ceremony is part of a rich indigenous Yoruba religious tradition that began in West Africa and has become one of the ten largest religions in the world, with upwards of 100 million practitioners.

 

 

Goddess Wisdom - Elen of the Ways

Very little is known about ancient British goddesses, although one of the most important was unquestionably Elen of The Ways.  She is to be experienced, not to be read about.  She is an antlered goddess, her antlers showing her free nature spirit. Her hair is long and red, often entangled with twigs and leaves. Her white limbs glows in the shadows and shine in the moonlight. Her green eyes, full of mischief, hold the secret of the Ways.

Goddess Wisdom - Elen of the WaysFor many years Goddess expert, Caroline Wise, has been researching the origins of Elen.  Here are some of her views on this little known deity, who might easily have existed as long ago as Palaeolithic times:

“As the Green Lady, she peeps out between the trees in forests and woods. As a British Venus, Goddess of Gardens, she is the Flower Bride:  at her Holy Wells, mainly to be found in the North of the country, she is guardian of the underground streams that carry sacred waters.  These underground streams have themselves become a metaphor for the secret continuation of sacred wisdom.  She is the Guardian of the ancient track ways, the Leys, the kundalini currents in nature, and as the Horned Goddess, she leads us to the first track ways, the migratory tracks of the reindeer and later, she leads us  to the path of the red deer through the forests.  From here she leads us to the lost Shamanism of the Isles of Britain, and we can follow her acress Scandinavia, Russia, Mongolia, Siberia, India, and beyond.”

Goddess Wisdom -Elen of the Ways

Author, dream explorer and teacher, Robert Moss, says, “Elen is Lady of the Ways in many senses. Most significant, for me, is her role as Lady of the Dreamways.” She has a strong link to Shamanism, as a goddess that will guide during spiritual path-working and journeying, as well as the physical journeys we make.  She is a goddess that “walks between the worlds” (Caroline Wise).

Robert Moss shared the following about a possible dream visit from the Goddess:   British visionary artist Chesca Potter says that when she moved to London, she had a vision of an immense goddess figure, dressed in green and gold, over the church of  St Pancras. She painted and sketched several versions of this antlered goddess.  The one shown here, appears on the card labeled “Lady of the Ways” in John Matthews’ Celtic Shaman’s Pack.  Do you have a desire to call on Elen?  I Do!

 

 

Goddss Wisdom-Atlantia's Ritual Chant

Here is what Amy Zerner & Monte Farber shared about Atlantia in their Goddess Guide Me Divine Wisdom For Your Head, Heart, and Home.  Atlantia is a conception of the attributes that would have been ascribed to the Goddess by women and men of the mythical lost continent of Atlantis.  In their writing,  Atlantia is Goddess of the Unexpected and the Atlantean Goddess of Invention.  She, ultimately, represents the completely independent female half of a partnership with an equally independent male.

The following Is Atlantia’s ritual and chant: MAKE THAT CHANGE!

Goddess Wisdom-Atlantia's Ritual Chant1.  Use at lease three stones or crystals to form a triangle on the ground large enough for you to sit within it cross-legged.  Hold a small drum, rattle or other percussion instrument, which represents woman’s connection to the rythyms of life.

2.  Breathe deeply and with each inhalation, visualize new and exciting changes entering your life and your triangle of power.  With every exhalation imagine the old and outdated leaving you and your triangle.  Strike your drum or shake the rattle as you recite the following words:

Goddess of the new,

Goddess of all change,

Help my situation,

Watch it rearrange.

3.  Keep reciting these words in time to the drum until you lose yourself in the chant.  You will find that when you have stopped dwelling on your situation, you will be struck with a new idea on how to proceed.  You can then leave the triangle.Goddess Wisdom-Atlantias's Ritual Chant

4.  Next move eleven things in your home, that you have not moved in a year.

5.  Give away eleven articles of clothing you have not worn in a year.

Hopefully with practicing this ritual, you will take on the roll of Atlantia and begin to address any necessary issues.   Unexpected positive results from your efforts to make changes in your life will follow.

CHANT! CHANT! CHANT!