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Gods & Goddess

The Narucnici

 
Themes: Psychic abilities, spirituality, destiny, divination.
Symbols: An eye, all symbols of fate or destiny.
 
About the Narucnici: In Slavic regions these are goddesses of fate who
see each child’s destiny at birth. At times they can be propitiated
through prayers to alter one’s destiny, especially when it’s running
headlong into disaster.
 
To Do Today: In 1831, the acclaimed mystic Helena Blavatsky was born
under the watchful eye of the Narucnici, who must have predicted an
impressive life for her. Helena grew up to establish the Theosophical
Society, whose goal is to explore mystical phenomena, to better
understand it and to expose fraudulent dealings. To remember this
remarkable woman and honour the Narucnici, focus on your own inherent
magickal potential. All of us have the Goddess’s prophetic ability
within; it’s just a matter of activating that talent. One exercise that
seems to help people is meditating on opening the chakra located in the
middle of your forehead ( the third eye ). Close your physical eyes and
visualize a purple-silver light pouring into your forehead from above.
See it swirling clockwise, forming the image of an eye. Allow this eye
to open very slowly. Do you feel different as it opens? Can you sense
things on the edge of your awareness you couldn’t before? After the
exercise, try your favorite divinatory tool and examine what new
insights it offers now that you’ve cleared the path for that foresight a
bit.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation

Brighid of the oracles,
Brighid of the twisted hairs,
Brighid, friend to woman,
Brighid of the fire.
Brighid of the fire’s fuel,
Brighid of the cloak,
Brighid of the tender hands,
Brigid of the oak.
~ Irish Invocation To The Fire Goddess
 
This is the eve of one of the great fire festivals, one shared with
other Celtic peoples in Britain and on the continent. The midsummer
feast of Lammas ( originally Lughnassa ) celebrated the harvest. It was
a time of fairs and athletic contests, of marriages and other ritual
unions. On this evening, for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years,
Celtic people would have been gathering at such ritual sites as the hill
of Tara, seeing again old friends and making new ones, sharing stories
and food and drink around evening fires as they affirmed their bonds of
love and friendship. Clans, gathered from far and wide, would reconnect
with each other, measuring the growth of the children and the increasing
depth of an elder’s wrinkles.
 
Although such great festivals no longer bind us to friends and family,
we can learn from our forebears that such a connection is necessary to a
whole and happy life. Creating rituals of our own that affirm the ties
that sustain us must be an ongoing part of our lives.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditation on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

The Lady of the Lake

(Nimue, Vivien, Vivienne, Niniane)

The Lady of the Lake was known by many names. She was most often Nimue (pronounced Nim-oo-ay). Nimue was often confused and misrepresented in Arthurian Legend as an enchantress wanting nothing more than to steal Merlin’s magick. This is considered by most, a literary fabrication created by the misogynist, religious state of that time.

Literarily, Nimue was the daughter of Diones and the lover of both Pelles and Merlin. In reference to Nimue as the Lady of the Lake, it was she who gave the sword Excalibur to Arthur and regained it when he died. She also accompanied three additional faerie queens to Avalon with the body of the slain king. It is also said that she stole the child Lancelot and cured his madness. This was done so Lancelot could become guard to Nimue’s weak son Mabuz who was tormented by Iweret.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson paints one of the lovliest literary pictures of the Lady of the Lake in his great work, Idylls of the King. This first reference describes the Lady of the Lake presenting Excalibur to the King. The second reference is the return of the sword after the death of Arthur.

“And near him stood the Lady of the Lake
Who knows a subtler magic than his own-
Clothed in white samite, mystic, wonderful.
She gave the King his huge cross-hilted sword,
Whereby to drive the heathen out. A mist
Of incense curl’d about her, and her face
Well nigh was hidden in the minster gloom;
But there was heard among the hold hymns
A voice as of the waters, for she dwell
Down in the deep-calm, whatsoever storms
May shake the world- and when the surface rolls,
Hath power to walk the waters like our Lord.”

Spoken by Sir Bedivere who was charged with casting Excalibur to the Lady…

“Then with both hands I flung him [Excalibur], wheeling him;
But when I look’d again, behold an arm;
Clothed in white samite, mystical, wonderful,
That caught him by the hilt, and brandish’d him
Three times, and drew him under the mere.”

Mythologically, the Celtic Lady of the Lake was known as a Gwragedd Nnnwn (or Lake Faerie). These fae were often married to mortal men. They were lovely, blonde women who enjoyed female company and aiding mortal women and children. The Lady of the Lake was also considered the Queen of the Isle of Maidens.

Nimue, mythologically, was a lessor Celtic Moon Goddess; cognate with the Greek Nemesis and Diana of the Grove. Her name meant “fate” and “she who lives” and was said to reside in the Fairy wood of Broceliande. She was also connected to the Goddess Morgan.

Archetypically, Nimue and the Lady of the Lake represented the primal initiation into the Otherworld. She reigned over knowledge, was the foster mother, and the mistress of wisdom.

Tashmit

 
Theme: Prayer, blessing, unity & hope
Symbols: Folded hands
 
About Tashmit: The Goddess is timeless and eternal, and she has many
faces with which she conveys the concepts of truth and beauty to the
world’s people. Tashmit, the Chaldean goddess of wisdom and teaching, in
particular, stands ready today. Her name means “hearing”; it is she who
listens intently to our prayers.
 
To Do Today: On the first Friday in March, people in over 170 countries
join in prayer, and the goddess asks that we do similarly. Prayer is
something that seems to have gone by the wayside in our “instant” world.
Yet it takes only a moment to honour the sacred. This prayer is but one
example; change or adapt it liberally to suit your needs and vision:
 
Lady of Wisdom, Tashmit, I come to you for guidance. Shine on my path
today that I might see others in an equal light, that I might speak
with truth and kindness, that I might walk the Path of Beauty with a
loving heart and peaceful spirit.
 
Hear the voices of your people raised together today in oneness; hear
our prayers. Let us find unity in diversity, heal the world; let us know
peace and guard it as sacred. With a thankful heart, so be it.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation
Hail to the goddess of song, the one who feeds the singer
on milk and melted butter and purest water.
Hail to Sarasvati, she who gives us treasure.
She of the marvelous gifts, she of the best of luck,
she of the greatest wealth, we hail her.
May she bring me fortune. May she bring me luck.
May she bring me protection as she answers my prayers.
~ Indian Rig Veda
 
The dance of the seasons is moving  toward a new moment. Spring stirs
the body just as it stirs the sap in the trees. We are part of this
world, however much we may sometimes feel disconnected from it. And
within ourselves, each year, we live through the entire cycle of life.
 
Something within each of us, at this time, yearns to be born, to rise,
to flow. The weeks before spring actually arrives are difficult ones. We
have grown impatient with the gray sterility of winter; we are ready for
green growth. We are ready for our fortunes to change, for luck to smile
upon us. But just because we are ready does not mean that the world is
ready to meet those needs. So we pray, and we hope, and we long for what
will come. And it will, in its own good time..

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Tara

With her third eye, and eyes in each hand and foot, Tara sees beyond
the mortal veil into eternity, gently reminding us that all things
pass, and each moment is perfect. Open your eyes to the Now, says
Tara, and be at peace.

SUGGESTED AFFIRMATIONS:
~ I radiate love
~ I live in love
~ I am worthy of love
~ My peace is shared peace
~ I am weightless and free of burden
~ I am tolerant of everyone around me
~ I have great joy, and therefore great energy

Goddess-ence oil blend: Kwan Yin and/or Isis

Related gemstones: Rose quartz, pink tourmaline, emerald (pink or
green stones)

The goddess Tara has many different traditions – she is a Hindu
symbol of eternal light and love, a Buddhist goddess of compassion
teaching the wisdom of non-attachment, and a Tibetan goddess of
love. Born from her mother’s single tear-drop of compassion for
humanity’s suffering, Tara’s essential energy is that of answering
human pleas for assistance.

The different aspects of Tara promise health and long life
engendering growth and prosperity. Other fiercer guises foster
healing and courage through adversity and suffering. Yet Tara’s core
attribute is that of compassion – she will not turn anyone away but
will reach for them, embrace them, and instil them with a sense of
profound love and peace.

Hold an often-worn gemstone in your hand, it could be a precious gem
that you have in a ring, or a stone you wear around your neck.
Notice how it sparkles or shines when you move it around in the
light. Lose focus while you imagine this light increasing to the
absorb you, reaching out to the corners of the room you are in,
extending even further to encompass the whole house, then reaching
up, up, up far into the sky and far out wide around your
neighbourhood. In your mind’s eye visualise all those to whom you
send this light, easily accepting it and allowing their own hearts
to be whole and healed.

Understand that this light represents Tara’s love, and that you have
the power to unleash it from within you. Every time you look at this
gemstone in the future, remember Tara’s love and compassion, and
radiate it to others.

Tanat

 
Themes: Unity, joy & luck
Symbols: Flowers & triangle
 
About Tanat: In Cornwall, Tanat is the mother Goddess of fertility who
has given all Her attention to nursing Spring into its fullness. She
also staunchly protects Her children ( nature and people ) so that our
spirits can come to know similar fulfillment.
 
To Do Today: The Furry Dance is an ancient festival that rejoices in
Tanat’s fine work manifested in Spring’s warmth and beauty. To bring
this goddess’s lucky energy into your life, it’s customary to dance with
a partner. In fact, the more people you can get dancing, the more
fortunate the energy! Usually this is done on the streets throughout a
town as a show of regional unity, but when propriety won’t allow such a
display, just dance around a room together instead.  Don’t worry about
the steps–just do what feels right.
 
Wearing something with floral or triangular motifs ( guys, wear a
necktie, and gals, pull out a square scarf and fold it in half crosswise
) activates Tanat’s happiness in your life and in any region where you
have the token on today. As you don the item, say,
 
“Liberate happiness in and around,
by Tanat’s blossoming power, joy will be found!”
 
Or, if you want to use the same thing to generate unity and harmony, use
this incantation:
 
“Harmony and unity,
Tanat’s blessings come to me!”

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation

My mother, she was from a good clan.
The Earth of her clan was good Earth.
The Earth of her clan bore good crops.
My mother’s Earth bore good wheat.
She moved it, she threshed it,
and she gathered its grain from the floor.
~ Greek Folksong
 
In many cultures, the mother of the family is honoured as a leader of
the clan or the nation. This reverence is shown in various ways.
Sometimes her children bear her name; in other cases the family wealth
belongs to her. In some cultures, primary decisions are made by the clan
mothers or grandmothers. Even the decision about whether or not to go to
war rests in women’s hands, for it is understood that women – out of
concern for the future of their children – will be careful and will make
wise decisions.
 
In our own world today, motherhood is rarely sufficiently honoured. One
day each year, there are brunches and corsages and little gifts of love.
But the rest of the time? As a culture, we do not respect the great gift
of mothering. Women’s work in raising the next generation is taken for
granted. Yet it is a vital service to humanity, one that deserves to be
acknowledged continually.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Spider Woman

SUGGESTED MANTRA: EMPOWERMENT
Spider Woman, creator and weaver of life, is the great teacher, protector and Mother of all creation to many southwestern Native American cultures. She manifests as a sacred guardian, overseeing the welfare of all those in need.

SUGGESTED AFFIRMATIONS:
~ My life is full of purpose
~ I deserve to be treated right
~ I am a success in all that I do
~ My goals are becoming manifest
~ Every choice I make is the right one

And for the truly intuitive…
~ Answers that present themselves to me in dreams are correct

Related essences: Goddessence NUIT blend* for the crown chakra

Related gemstones: Turquoise, Coral

According to mythology, Spider Woman spun two silver strands, one connecting east to west, the other north to south. This connected the four corners of the earth, with Spider Woman as the centre. (The strands created the Road of Life in the Hopi tradition, which has as its symbol the equal-armed cross).

HER MODERN ENERGY

In her aspect as Creator and Mother, Spider Woman affirms that women are essential and central to the life process. She reminds us that people of all races were created from the same source, with equal rights and responsibilities. She created her own children, twin daughters and twin sons, who brought forth the sun, moon and stars. She created all vegetation, birds, animals and red, black, yellow and white people.

As a sustainer, Spider Woman is always urging us to reconnect to our own spiritual source of higher power. She tells us that our natural role is to live in peace and harmony, with reverence toward the earth and its beings. She imparts her sacred wisdom to people as they sleep, connecting them to her spiritual wisdom through a filament spun from her body and attached to her crown.

She empowers women to keep the dream of life alive and encourages them to continue weaving their dreams, even in times of despair and unknowing.

DO THIS

If Spider Woman is speaking to you today, take the time to visualise your dream of life. Purify your intentions and sacred space by smudging yourself with Sage and Cedar.

Gather 8 lengths of dried sage, cedar and/or sweetgrass and tie securely with strands of red, yellow, black and white twine. Smudge sticks should be between 3 to 5 cm in diameter at widest point. Tie off loose ends of twine. Light until smudge stick thoroughly ignites. When The flame burns out, purify yourself and your space with the fragrant smoke. Mediate with a mantra or affirmation knowing that Spider Woman Is helping you manifest your life dream.

Yours in love and light,
~Anita~
www.goddess.com.au

Tamra

 
Themes: Air, Earth, nature, health, longevity, devotion, wishes &
relationships
Symbols: Feathers & birdseed
 
About Tamra:  In Hindu tradition, this Goddess was the ancestor of all
birds.  As such, She can teach us their special language, which often
bears communications from the Divine. As the consort of the Turtle
God, Kashyapa, She also represents a potent union between Earth and air
elements.
 
To Do: People in Nebraska spend six weeks watching the cranes who rest
and feed here during the migratory season.  This region of the United
States boasts the largest group of sandhill cranes, about 50,000
birds. Magickally speaking, these creatures represent health,
longevity, and devotion. Visualize a crane residing in your heart
chakra anytime you feel your eyes straying from the one you love, or
whenever you need improved well-being.
 
Birds offer numerous magickal applications. For warmth in a
relationship, scatter feathers to the winds with your wish. The birds
will use the feathers in their nests, symbolically keeping your nest
intact and affectionate. Or, disperse birdseed while thinking of a
question. As the birds fly away, watch their movement.  Flight to the
right indicates a positive response; to the left is negative. If the
birds scatter, things are “iffy.” If they fly straight up overhead, a
heartfelt wish is being taken to Tamra.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation

O Spring, beautiful Season!
O Goddess, beautiful Goddess!
Come with joy to us now,
with goodness and plenty.
Come with tall flax that
roots deeply in the field.
Come with corn, lots
of corn, lots and lots of corn!
Look, we have sent girls to You
bearing gifts to make You happy:
look, we have sent them to You
bearing cakes made with fried eggs.
~ Russian Folksong
 
The Earth will bear for a long time with no return. She will keep giving
and giving, providing us with food and water and air. But even the
Goddess cannot go on without getting. If we only take from the Earth,
and never give back, we will eventually deplete even her vast energy.
 
Agricultural people across the world have recognized the need to offer
food to the Earth – to put back into the earth nutrients we have taken
from it. Today we send our garbage out to sea; we turn our back on the
mountains of discards that stand as sentinels to all our cities. To
truly honour the Goddess is to seek to rectify that imbalance, to give
back to the Earth so that She can continue to give to us, Her children.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Tamayorihime

Themes: Cleansing, health, children & water.
Symbol: Water ( especially moving water or saltwater ).
 
About Tamayorihime: An ancient Japanese sea goddess, Tamayorihime
rules not only moving water sources but also all matters of
health. She also watches over birth waters to ensure a speedy, safe
delivery for pregnant women.
 
To Do Today: This festival began in 949 C.E. as a way to get rid of
summer maladies. If you’ve had a cold, the flue, or some other
ailment, try an adaptation of Japanese custom. Take a piece of paper
that you’ve left on your altar for a while and rub it on the area of
your body that’s afflicted. Drop the paper into moving water ( like
the toilet ) to carry away sickness in Tamayorihime’s power.
Alternatively, burn the paper to purge the problem. Mingle the ashes
with a few drops saltwater and carry them in a sealed container as a
Tamayorihime amulet for health.
 
For personal cleansing and healing, soak in an Epsom-salt bath
today. As you lie in the tub, stir the water clockwise with your hand
to draw Tamayorihime’s health to you, or counterclockwise so she can
banish a malady. If time doesn’t allow for this, add a very small
pinch of salt to your beverages and stir them similarly throughout the
day, while mentally or verbally reciting this invocation:
 
“Health be quick, health be kind,
within this cup the magick bind!”
 
Drink the beverage to internalize Tamayorihime’s energy.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation
 
How happy I am
running through the hills,
the skin of a fawn
my only cloak, eating
only the meat I kill –
this is such sweetness!
Come with me to the mountains,
sister! Come with me there!
We’ll find honey there, and milk
and nectar and incense,
and women reveling, singing
euoi! euoi!
Join me and follow him,
follow the god of ecstasy,
that raucous boy –
euoi! euoi! euoi!
~ Greek Dramatist Euripdes
 
All humans long for ecstasy, for experiences that lift us beyond the
mundane and into a direct connection with the divine. In ages past,
religions made room for the ecstatic, whether through drumming, shamanic
journeying, vision questing, or other means. today, ecstasy has been
sent forth from the churches into the world. And, without the
sanctification of ritual, people’s search for ecstasy often leads them
to addictive or self-destructive behaviors. Behind such behaviors is,
often, a truly divine search. To attempt to end addictive behaviors
without understanding the urge is ineffective, for the human spirit will
resist living in a world without ecstasy. It is one of the great gifts
of humanity that we can feel so alive, so unified with the cosmos. Do
not deny your urge toward ecstasy. Welcome the gift, and use it wisely.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Tailtiu

 
Themes: The first harvest, excelling in a craft or sport.
Symbol: Bread.
 
About Tailtiu: The Irish Goddess Tailtiu reconnects us with the Earth’s
cycles and the spirit of excellence. Tailtiu was the foster mother to
the god of light, Lugh, whom this date venerates. Lugh held Her in such
high regard that he created the Tailtean games, which took place during
Lammas ( rather like the Olympics ). This honour may have also had
something to do with Tailtiu’s association as an Earth Goddess.
 
To Do Today: In Wiccan tradition and in many others, today is a day for
preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time
for baking bread in honor of the harvest. Combining the two, make an
applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or
sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant:
 
“Flour from grain, the spell begins, let the power rise within; Apples
from trees, now impart, Tailtiu, bring _______ to my heart.”
Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want
to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to
internalize the energy.
 
Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced
apples to it, having toast with apple butter or just enjoying a piece of
bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally.
Then bite with conviction!

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco
 
Goddess Meditation

My name is Macha, She said.
I am the daughter of Sainrith mac Inbraith.
And my name, and places of my children,
will be given to this place.
She said this, and then She set off
to race a horse-drawn chariot.
She was huge with child,
but She kept pace with the horses.
When She reached the end of the field,
still alongside the chariot, She lay down
and gave birth. A daughter was born to Her, and a son: twins of Macha,
Emain Macha, after which the famous hill is named.
~ Irish epic Tain bo Cuailnge

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Shina Tsu Hime

 
Themes: Wishes, freedom, playfulness, air element & movement
Symbols: Wind & sailing ships
 
About Shina Tsu Hime: This Japanese wind Goddess disperses the morning
fog.  She also keeps away evil, distracting winds, winds that threaten
to uproot or blur our spiritual focus.  Because of this, Shina Tsu
Hime has become the patroness of sailors and farmers, the latter of whom
pray to her for fertile winds bearing seed and rain.
 
To Do Today: Join our Eastern cousins in kite-flying
festivities. Shina Tsu Hime will be glad to meet with you in a nearby
park and give life to your kite. As it flies, release a wish on the
winds. Or cut the kite free and liberate a weight from your shoulders.
 
While you’re out, gather up nine leaves that Shina Tsu Hime banters
about ( one for each remaining month ). Turn clockwise in a circle,
releasing all but one leaf back to Shina Tsu Hime’s care while saying,
 
“Come May, bring movement in my goals,
come June–playful love makes me whole.
Come July, my wishes will I see,
come August–hope grows in me.
Come September, all distractions you abate;
come October, my spirit, you liberate.
Come November, my health is assured;
come December–in my heart you endure.”
 
Keep the last leaf with you, releasing it only when you need one of this
Goddess’s attributes to manifest quickly.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Affirmations

There is a small black bee, which is my mind.
There is a blue lotus flower, which is the Goddess.
Watch the bee fly straight into the flower!
The goddess’ feet are black, just like the bee.
Black is joined to black! Mind to greater mind!
The bee finds tasteless any other flower.
This much I can apprehend. But here my senses
fail. I can see nothing more. She is such a mystery!
Thinking of her, I dive into the sea of bliss!
~ Indian Poet Ramakrishna, To The Goddess Kali
 
It is not possible for the human mind to rationally comprehend the
greatness of the Divine. There is  only one way to experience that
greatness: through mystic union, which transcends reason and logic.
Seeking to think one’s way to the goddess is like trying to walk to the
moon. It cannot be done. But we can teach her nonetheless, transported
by our inner wisdom. We reach her through direct experience, through
living fully and passionately, more readily than just by thinking about
her.
 
This does not mean we cannot engage in rational and logical discussion
of goddess traditions and rituals. But that will never be the same as
the bliss of communion with her, which sages throughout history have
experienced and have praised as one of humanity’s greatest gifts.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Affirmations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

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