Sacred Feminine – Regaining Sacred Space And Peace

By Claudia H. Blanton

There is peace in this special space, the center between The Sacred Feminine and the concept of Male Dominated Spirituality.

Peace is always in the middle, and as I learn more and more about my spiritual path and my own connection to divinity, that is exactly where I found, sacred space lies. In the middle, between the contrast, when the pendulum stops to rest in its natural, undisturbed state.

But because it rarely is still, being pulled all too often often in the direction of the male divine, there is no calm, and we have to pull from the other side. We can not approach this disarray and disruption of natural peace by standing in the middle, hoping that we are not run over by its force, which of course we already know we are and will continue to be.

So as Sacred Feminine Beings, an extension of the Female Deity, our Mother, we are obligated to pull back, until our strength equals the force of those on the other side, and then we can both let go.

And breathe.

And find peace in the embrace of the duality that is the ultimate reality of it all.

Goddess Blessings!

Claudia

Germanic Goddess Sunna

Contemplating Sunna – The Germanic Goddess of the SunAs I am contemplating the wheel of the year and Germanic Paganism/Folk Magick, I came across an interesting Goddess whom I want to connect with further.

Sunna – the Germanic Goddess of the Sun – whom is known in the Nordic pantheon as Sol, is an interesting character, who’s symbolism has been distorted (as it has with many old-germanic symbols) to be tied to the Nazi regime.
As a healer, bright and positive, she comes across as a positive, easy to approach Goddess to me personally. Maybe it is because I have been always drawn to warmer climates – I am constantly cold. In that concept and as a fellow healer, I consider warmth greatly healing and rather bright as I visualize it occurring.In mythology Sunna drives a chariot across the sky every day, being pulled by two horses. Allsvinn – who’s name translates to “very fast” –  and Arvak – meaning “Early Rising” pull the Goddess across the heavens as they are persuit by the Wolf Skoll. Myths declare that at times he catches up with them, taking a bit out of the Sun, creating an eclips.

Her symbol – the “Sonnenrad” or sun-wheel – has been found as decoration pieces in many archaeological sites throughout parts of the German state Schleswig Holstein, and is now a part of the city symbol of the town Suederbrarup.


How to connect with Sunna

Time of the Year: Midsummer to Mabon

Time of the Day: Sunrise

Symbols: The sun-wheel, any image of the sun, candles, bonfires

Colors: Bright Yellow, Orange, Fire red

Foods:  any type of berries (traditional), citrus fruit (non-tradition)

Herbs:  rosemary, daisy, marigold, butter cup, angelica

Prayer to Sunna

Goddess of the Sun
so brightly shinning
your warmth and healing eases our days

Hail to you, dear Lady
may your firy powers
lead us to a future bright
full of abundance and hope
now and forever more.

G Is For Green Tara

Over the last few days I have been drawn to a Goddess named Green Tara.

Green Tara Face, by Sue Halstenberg http://www.suehalstenberg.com/goddess_art/green_tara
Green Tara Face, by Sue Halstenberg
http://www.suehalstenberg.com/goddess_art/green_tara

Historically there is no mentioning of her before the 5th century C.E. After that the green skinned young Goddess appears in several myths, while some are found in Finland, some originate in India and Tibet, where she is still very popular.

My personal connection to her, goes beyond her origin story, but to her aspect as a Goddess of Compassion and one that aids overcoming personal burdens from reaching spiritual enlightenment, such as fear, greed and mundane obstacles, and procrastination (her focus in compassionate action, not non-action)

Fear can lead to procrastination, and many times unreleased fear will freeze us from growth, both spiritual and mundane. The focus upon a mantra, specifically a mantra that is associated with a Goddess who overcomes fear, allows us to momentarily dismiss our this blockage, or at least temporarily suspend it.. In this aspect, mantras are like meditation, a focused state of mind, absent of not only ego (and therefore greed) and absent of dissolving thoughts (such as fear), in which state manifestation and co-creation can allow to occur.

During the exploration of ones shadow to work through any potential blockage, a deity such as the Goddess in her Green Tara aspect can be comforting and helpful.

Repeating her mantra:

Ohm Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha

in repetitions of 108 (the length of a set of Mala beads) provides a focus point.

The rough translation of this mantra is

OM! O Tara! I entreat you, O Tara! O swift one! Hail!

The following is a video that features a beautiful rendition of the mantra

 

This blog post is a part of the Daily Prompt “I believe” and the Pagan Blog Project 2014 “Week Twelve – G” 

Maiden – Mother – Crone – Honoring Lifestages

One of the things that I love about the Craft is, that it honors the woman (and the man) in all of her life stages. Each one has its own wisdom, strength, place and possibilities. And while each one of us experiences these life stages differently, they are seldom as openly celebrated as in the Pagan paths.

The Maiden – she is honored for her vitality and strength, her enthusiasm and power. She is the Shield Maiden, who fought alongside the men, she is the spark that draws a partner, with her wildness, that should never be tempted to be tamed.

The Mother – she is honored for her role of bringing life, not necessarily physical through bearing ones own children, but by being the aunt, the teacher, the one who stands up for the world through activism, and building careers for herself. She comes in many forms and whichever form she chooses to express herself in, her strength has matured to the fierceness of a lioness.

The Crone – she is the woman of wisdom, the holder of magick and power. She has learned her lessons, bears her scars well, allowing those scars to teach those whom are younger, or are asking for guidance. She is the calm strength, the one who does not need the physical to bend her way, her will is stronger then ever, her words calming or destructive. She is the Witch at height of her power, the one who sees through the veil. 

We can all learn by embracing all aspects of her, and only grow from honoring all of the life stages. They are inevitable, and powerful in their own right, and at their own time.

Hail be to Hecate, the Triple Goddess, the Goddess of all Stages of Life,  on this day and always! 

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/daily-prompt-age/