Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Time for Honouring Lakshmi

As the festive season draws ever closer, one Goddess comes readily to mind and that is the Hindu Goddess of prosperity and good fortune, of beauty and purification - the beautiful gentle Lakshmi. 

In the Hindu myth known as the "Churning of the Milky Ocean", the Gods were at war against various demons (the Asuras) who wanted to gain immortality. One day a wise sage offered Indra, the Hindu Warrior God, a garland of sacred flowers, however, in his arrogance, Indra threw the flowers on the floor. This display of arrogance upset Lakshmi, who left the realm of the Gods and enter the Milky Ocean. Without her, the Gods were no longer blessed with success or fortune, and as such, the world became darker, the people on earth more greedy, resulting in the refusal to make offerings to the Gods.  And as the Gods's power waned, the Asuras took control.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Your Cup of Milk Matters

In the 16th century, the Mogul Emperor of India, Akbar, ordered the construction in his royal gardens of a vast marble pond for his recently acquired rare white Himalayan swans.  Akbar wished to inaugurate their entry into his new pond by filling it with a sea of milk.  A proclamation was read throughout the capital inviting each citizen to come to the royal gardens during the hours of darkness and pour one cup of milk into the new pond before departing.
 
The next morning Akbar awoke to a pond filled with water.
 



Monday, December 1, 2014

Meditation in the Modern Age

These days it seems that no matter how many "time saving" devices we own, we tend to end up with less and less "free time" as there tends to always be something (or someone) else that requires our attention.  Even with the invention of social media, we are encouraged more and more to "download an app" for something as opposed to truly applying our own energy.  While all these advances in modern technology are wonderful and far-reaching, there is a downside.  This downside is potential of losing the ability to be "unwired" and to simply be ... without the need of external stimulation.
 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sif - the Norse Goddess of the Grain

With the grain harvest underway already in some parts around South Australia, the Norse Goddess of the Grain, Sif, often comes to mind around this time of the year.

The drinking horn is filled and empowered
Who offer toasts as they drink from the horn.
To Sif who feeds the people of the land
To Sif’s husband who protects the farmers ...

(“Drunk on the Mead of Inspiration" by Jim Davis)

 
Little information remains today despite her being one of the Aesir, the Gods of the Norse sky. What does come down to us about Sif tends to stem from the Poetic Edda, which was compiled in the 13th century from earlier sources, as well as the Prose Edda written by Icelander historian, poet, and politician Snorri Sturluson (also dated to the 13th century).
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Honouring Kali at The Goddess House

The Goddess House is delighted to announce that on Monday, 10 November 2014 as part of the Monday Night Meditation group, the Hindu Goddess Kali will be honoured in a special Kali Mantra and Meditation night, with special guest, Devidasan being in attendance and sharing his knowledge about this often feared and rather mistaken Goddess.
 

Floating Amidst the Stars


The night's sky, in particular Nut as she was known by the ancient Egyptians, has been on my mind as late.  Maybe it has something to do with my recent trip interstate where I was able to marvel at all the stars without them being hidden in the increasing amount of "light pollution" we have in suburbia these days.  Or maybe it is because Nut is one of the 13 Goddesses covered in In Her Sacred Names: Writings on the Divine Feminine which is due to be released by the end of this month and that pre-orders are now being taken.  Whatever the reasoningm this star gazing meditation from Daily Om seems to hit the spot.



"In Her Sacred Name"

"In Her Sacred Name"
"In Her Sacred Name: Writings on the Goddess" - Now available direct from the author (Australian customers ony) - $25 including postage. Or available through Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again

"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again
The second edition of "Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats" is now available through www.createspace.com or direct from the author (Australian customers only) for an autographed copy.

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.


You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.