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Whale Goddess

 
Themes: Nature, meditation, rebirth, movement
Symbols: Water, whale
 
About Whale Goddess: In Arabic tradition, the Whale Goddess swallowed
Jonah, neatly giving him time to consider his life and actions seriously
before his figurative rebirth. Let’s hope she doesn’t have to go that
far to get our attention this month ( or anytime, for that matter ).
 
In some stories, the earth rests on this Goddess’s back, and earthquakes
result when she gets upset and shakes her tail. Symbolically, when your
life seems on shaky ground, consider what this goddess is trying to tell
you!
 
To Do Today: Around this time of year in Northern California, people
examine the coastline with renewed interest and anticipation. They’re
watching the annual whale migration-a breathtaking sight. Since many of
us cannot experience this firsthand, consider the whale as a magical
symbol instead. The Gods ride whales to carry messages to the mortal
world. Witches ride them to bear their magic on the water. In both
instances the whale carries something-either to your heart or toward a
goal. Use this image in meditations for movement, and consider the
symbolism if whales show up in your dreams tonight.
 
If possible, visit an aquarium and watch whales there. Or send a
donation to an accredited facility to give something back to the Whale
Goddess and her children.

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

Goddess Meditation
Great Spirit, teach me the power of the four directions
Before the earth, before the sky,
was there nothing?
No. There was something.
Something like a cloud
or a nebula, a mist with no source.
It was all silence and distance.
But it moved, like a great silent
wheel, in its great solitude.
This was the source of all,
the mother of creation.
If you were forced to name it,
I will call it The Great Tao,
the way itself, endless and eternal.
~ Chinese Tao Te Ching
 
During the slow days as winter relaxes its grip upon us, we feel the
stirrings of new life, new thoughts, new dreams. In many myths, new life
rises out of the void, a place such as that in which we find ourselves
in late winter. However dry and sterile it may seem, that void is the
source of all growth and change. In this paradox is the greatest wisdom.
 
It is difficult to love the void. Sometimes, it is even difficult to
accept it. But without periods of apparent sterility in our lives, we
would not grow into our finest selves. Study the void, even if you
cannot yet embrace it. Look upon its great emptiness without flinching.
There is nothing to fear. There is, in fact, sublime hope to be found in
the depths of emptiness, for from the void emerges the path.

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

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