Posts Tagged ‘deities’
Let me set the record straight right away: I am a dog person, not a cat person. Now, if there is anyone who does not understand that statement, clearly you are neither. That hard line of animal preferences between dogs and cats makes it clear that my opinion about cats carries a lot more weight when I say that cats are extremely psychic.
I have observed cats from afar my entire life. Not that I have not shared my life with cats. I have. It seems that anyone I have deeply loved felt an equal attraction to me as to a cat. I have also taken in cats and raised them for decades longer than any animal might expect to live in a domestic situation. However, like any other pet owner on the planet, you can care for a cat, but you cannot own a cat. A cat owns itself. No human or other animal can own a cat. Read the rest of this entry »
George Michael sang about it, prayers have been written about it, songs have been sung about it… and yet it remains a mystery to so many. So, I put forth this question to you: what is faith and where does it come from?
Right now there is either silence on your end, or a rapid fire response. Or maybe you are saying, “Well, let me think about it.”
They say faith moves mountains, but then that begs the question: do you have Faith in faith? That’s a different concept altogether – one that must be looked at.
It’s easy to go to your preferred place of worship on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, or whenever it is that you attend. Lovely. Absolutely. Without a doubt. There you show your faith. But what happens the rest of the week? This is where Faith in Faith comes into play, and without it you don’t even get to pass go. Read the rest of this entry »
<<< Continued from Goddess Archetypes: Aphrodite
Persephone, also known as Proserpina, is one of the vulnerable goddesses, because she was so intertwined in relationships – first with her mother Demeter, then later with Hades. First, before her transformation into Queen of the Underworld, she was the Kore or Maiden. As Kore, she was a slender, beautiful young goddess, who is associated with fertility symbols such as the pomegranate, grain, corn, and narcissus, the flower that lured her.
As Queen of the Underworld, Persephone is a mature goddess who reigns over dead souls and guides the living who visit the underworld. She was the prime figure in the Eleusinian Mysteries, in which the Greeks experienced the return or renewal of life after death through Persephone’s annual return from the underworld. Read the rest of this entry »
Humans’ perfectionist tendencies arise in all forms of study, application and discipline. This is most apparent in spiritual endeavors. This is as yet an unproven voyage or ascension that people of all cultures seem to believe in. This serves to help us survive reality, survive loss and connect with loss in a more positive manner. Many people have respected their ancestors and still do perform rituals. These caring gestures can be uplifting but also estranging, jettisoning us into a world that we can only dream of, never touch and only abstractly understand.
The ascension process has many pitfalls and points of despair. It is as if the common theme in all ascension is some form of penance, suffering or denial of the physical body. This denial to me is somewhat unnatural and can be taken into forms of zeal and eventually political extremism that has no benefit except for the illogical conclusion that one will be assured a safe place in paradise. Read the rest of this entry »
Many cultures mark the longest night in a sacred way, for they understand that from this point forward, the Sun’s light once again begins to grow.
The Winter Solstice is a time for gathering in a settling into our inner selves for the long winter. It is an excellent time for reflection and practicing being in stillness. We can undertake rituals and meditations to honor the sacred quality of the cosmic darkness which carries all the energies of life, light, and magical potential. Read the rest of this entry »
<<< Continued from Goddess Archetypes: The Goddess In Every Woman
Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, fertility, creativity, sensuality, and even healing. She is totally alchemical and transforms anyone in her presence, as would an artist in any genre, a lover, or a therapist or healer.
Her symbols include doves, swans, roses, apples, and anything with a golden aura. In her liaisons, she was paired either with Ares, god of war, or Hermes, Messenger God who guided souls to the underworld and who was the patron god of travelers, athletes, thieves, communicators, and musicians.
This archetype governs women’s enjoyment of love and beauty, sexuality and sensuality. The realm of the lover exerts a powerful pull on many women, and she impels women to fulfill both creative and procreative functions. Read the rest of this entry »
I have spent much of my life studying spirituality and metaphysics. In recent years, I have invested most of my free time engaged in Hermetic studies. The word ‘Hermetic’ dates back to the legend of the Egyptian god Thoth, the Greek god Hermes and the syncretic combination of the two known as Hermes Trismegistus, the purported author of the Hermetic Corpus . Thoth was an expert in arts and sciences ranging from philosophy to astrology.
The more I learn, the more I receive confirmation that we are part of something much greater than our individuality. If you have worked or studied with me, you will know about my belief that everything in life is synchronistically orchestrated. Read the rest of this entry »
We have to actuate what we learn. Talking is not becoming. We need to apply what we learn and know. Just like we know how to diet and exercise, it does not do us much good unless we apply what we know.
We all have a Higher Self that is connected to Source. Teachers, gurus, meditation, are all tools that we use to bypass the Mind in order to speak to our Higher Self, our Soul Energy. They are tools that create a pathway for Soul to have a voice, the dominant voice, in our day to day life. It is what Einstein was referring to when he said we cannot possibly solve a problem with the same mind that created the problem. We shift consciousness to access our Higher Self. Read the rest of this entry »