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The Goddess: Hygiea

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 February 1, 2019

Hygiea

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Hygiea, the daughter of Epione, the Goddess of the Soothing of Pain, and Aslepius, God of Medicine, is the Greek Goddess of Health and Healing. Hers is a healing family, as Her sisters are Panakeia, the Goddess Who Cures All and Iaso, the Goddess of Remedies.

Called Salus in Rome, She is also the healer of both physical and mental disease. She is sometimes called the Protectress of Mental Health.

Her symbol is a cup, or chalice, surrounded by a snake, as She is most commonly shown with a snake wrapped around Her body, holding a bowl for libations.

The cult of Hygiea started in the 600’s BCE and spread during the plague of the 400’s BCE. A statue of Her stood at the entrance of the Acropolis, along with Athene.

Hygiea was very holistic in Her approach to good health, professing the benefits of eating well, getting enough exercise and the concept of disease prevention from cleanliness and hygiene, from whose name comes the words and its’ variations.

We would do well to follow Her advice in the present day, as well.

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January/February 2019 Newsletter

I am a bit late with the newsletter, so a belated happy new year to you all!   May your wishes come true and blessings be yours, along with peace and tolerance for the world in the months that follow.

As you may or may not know by this time, White Wolf Dancing in Norton, MA, where I have been doing the bulk of my classes and workshops has closed.

What this means is that changes are in the works.

Currently, I am teaching Kundalini Yoga at a private studio/venue that is full.  If you would like a private class or wish to sponsor Kundalini Yoga classes, please email me at MysticalShores@gmail.com.

The Winter Solstice Red Tent was canceled but I am happy to announce that the Spring Equinox Red Tent, complete with the cacao ceremony that was to be held in December, will still be held. The date will be Sunday, March 24th at 1:30 PM at a private studio in Attleboro.  Space is limited and pre-registration IS required, so again, if you are interested in attending, please email me at Mystical Shores@gmail.com.

 

I am in the process of moving my Goddess workshops to an online format.  Hecate has already been posted and I hope to have more included shortly, and the Mother Wound workshop.  Plans are in place to start video-taping some Kundalini Yoga classes/workshops and offering them online, as well.

Lastly, I am in the process of beginning the brewing of my herbal and witchy products again; some of these have already been posted on the website (MysticalShores.com).  Other offerings include candles, altar clothes, Goddess statues, Goddess posters, etc., with additions to come.

There is definitely an energy shift coming, of what I am unsure, but nevertheless, it is coming.  I hope it is a return to civility, kindness and tolerance in general.  For each of us individually, we must all find our way to whatever is best for us.  Know that you are not lost, but are only on your way – the journey is open before you………

 

May the Goddess Bless and Guide You,

Susan Morgaine, MysticalShores.com

The Goddess: Aa

She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 January 1, 2019

Aa

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She to whom January 1st is dedicated and to whom is honored on this day is the Babylonian Goddess, Aa.

She is also known as:

Great Mother

Mother of All Things

Goddess of the Dawn

Goddess of the Light

While She is known as Aa in Babylonia, She is also known as Serida in Sumeria, and in Akkadian as Aya, which means “dawn” in Akkadian.

She is “the Beginning” and “The Mother of All Wisdom” and is associated with the eastern mountains which bring the sun into the sky.

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Her symbol is an 8-rayed sphere representing the symbol of light. As the consort of Shamash, the god of the sun, She was also called Bride of the Sun. Her sacred marriage to Shamash brought all thing to grow and prosper.

Aa brings the energy from the dawning of the sun on a new day.

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Other Goddesses who have their feast days in January include:

January 2 – Inanna’s Day (Sumerian)

January 5 – Kore’s Day (Greek)

January 8 – Justicia’s Day (Roman)

January 11 – Carmentalia (Roman)

January correspondences:

Gem/Birthstone: Garnet

Full Moon – Cold Moon

Herb – Thyme

Color – White

Tree – Birch

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Yule Blessings from Mystical Shores

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of Mystical Shores friends, followers and students a very happy Yule and holiday season.  I could not do what I do without all of you and I wish you many blessings.

As this year comes to a close, I am sad to say that Earth Spirit Holistic Center, formerly White Wolf Dance in Norton, MA, is also closing.  After teaching there for almost the past two years, I am sad to see it go.   I wish Jamie the best in her future endeavors.

I am hoping for new opportunities as the old year turns into the new.  I am looking into a couple of new locations for my classes and workshops.  I am currently teaching a class at a private venue.  There may be an opening or two, so please email me if you are interested for the specifics.

One of my Goddess workshops, Hecate, is now being offered online, with hopes that the other other Goddess workshops will follow, as well as some Kundalini Yoga & Meditations classes for women being offered by video.    I am also, once again, making my herbal products, which are available on my website, along with some other new and exciting offers, altar clothes, Goddess statues, etc.  I will also be starting to take Women’s Empowerment Coaching clients by the middle of July, at my home if you are local, via Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangout for those near and far.

My love to you all, joy and happiness throughout the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate, and many blessings in the coming year of 2019.

 

 

The Goddess: Agischanak

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 December 1, 2018

AGISCHANAK

 

As I sit here looking out at the world outside my window, covered with the first snowfall of the season, wrapped in a shawl due to the cold. My thoughts turn to Alaska and what Goddess I may find there.

 

My search brings me to Agischanak.

Goddess of the

Mountains.

Goddess of the

Earth.

Protector of Her

people.

 

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Agischanak is a Goddess in Southeastern Alaska. She lives on top of Mt. Edgecumbe, near Sitka.

 

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She is kindly and protects Her people and all of the peoples of the Earth. However, She is also forceful and powerful, as She must be as it is She who supports the pillar on which the Earth rests.

 

For visitors, She has her brother, who comes but once a year to bring her the news of the world. The trickster, Raven, also comes to visit, always attempting to woo Her away, thereby abandoning Her post. Of course, it is a post She does not abandon. Raven provokes and annoys her at his own peril, as she responds with earthquakes.

 

It is cold where Agischanak is holding up the Earth, and Her people come to Her and light roaring fires, as an offering, to keep Her warm.

 

Remember, were it not for Agischanak, the Earth would sink into the powerful depths of the ocean.

 

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The Goddess: Sedna

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names
Susan Morgaine November 1, 2018

SEDNA

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The story of Sedna, the Mother and Mistress of the Sea, the Goddess of marine mammals, is, to me, one of sadness and betrayal.

In the Arctic Ocean of the Inuits, Sedna lived with her family. She was very beautiful and was wooed by many in Her community. She refused them, one and all. Her father, taking matters into his own hands, gave Her to an unknown hunter, in return for fish to keep the rest of his family fed. This unknown hunter was, in reality, a bird-spirit, and whisked Sedna away while She was asleep.

Another version states that Sedna went with the unknown hunter of Her own free will, as he promised Her a life filled with everything She could dream of – warmth, and food.

Either way, to Her dismay, Her new home was not as promised, as She found herself awakening on a high cliff, in a nest, surrounded by birds.

She got a message to Her father of Her plight. Her father, Anguta, attempted to help Her by putting Her into his kayak to return Her to their home. The birds, seeing this, flew after them, surrounded the kayak, seeking vengeance for the removal of Sedna from the nest.

To save himself, Anguta, threw his daughter overboard. She reached for the side of the kayak to save Herself and Her father cut off her fingers. As She brought her arms up to reach into the kayak, he then cut off Her arms. Sedna sank to the bottom of the sea.

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She became the Queen and the Goddess of the Deep, Her fingers and arms becoming the seals, walruses, whales, those ocean mammals most hunted by the Intuit.

Sedna lived, then, beneath the waves, in the Kingdom of Adlivan, the Intuit Land of the Dead, in a home-made of stone and the ribs of whales. She was responsible for sending the sea creatures to the human hunters to feed their families. She took Her responsibility seriously, but She had a provision that when one of them died, their souls would stay with their bodies for three days, whereupon they would bring news to Sedna of how the people behaved. If any of Her laws were broken, She would not send the food to the hunters. This brought Her pain.

When this happened, a Shaman had to visit Her, by passing through terrifying lands and tests, to heal and soothe Her, until Her pain had passed and things were put right once more.


Sculpture of Sedna in Nuuk, Greenland

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**My fingers were cut off then

I was kicked

I was hurt

I was wounded

I was lied to

I was betrayed

I was abandoned

My suffering was great

but down below in the deeps

in the heart of the ocean

where I was left to lie

I realized my powerlessness

the way my life was lived

helpless and afraid

always being done to

instead of doing

and saw what I did

As realization expanded my

consciousness

fish and sea mammals

grew out of my cut fingers

I became “old food dish”

She who provided for her people

Victim no more**

**From “The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky. Image credit also goes to “The Goddess Oracle”.

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November Newsletter

 

Greetings and Happy Fall!

Today is Samhain/Halloween, when the veil between the worlds is then.  It is a time that is not a time, but one where all things are possible.  Take time to remember those whom have passed and to contemplate the year to come.

As I sit here, I look out my window and see the leaves falling like raindrops, reminding me that all things come to an end, and yet, there is always a new beginning, life comes after death, beauty can come from decay.  I am already feeling that urge to build a fire in the fireplace and sit, wrapped in a shawl, sipping a cup of hot tea.  That personal time is so important to each of us, as self-care is mandatory.

Here at Mystical Shores, things are slowing down for the remainder of the year, as I take some time to myself to focus on things of a more spiritual nature.

I have a private bi-weekly Kundalini Yoga class, which is private and closed to new students.

The Winter Solstice Red Tent is coming up on Sunday, December 22nd from noon-4:00 PM.  I am excited to announce that we will be having our first ever cacao ceremony at this Red Tent.

There will be new, and I hope exciting, things coming in the near future with the additional of Online Goddess Courses and a return of my all-natural herbal products, charms and teas; maybe a surprise or two.

Also starting in the new year, I will be taking Women’s Empowerment clients, both online (skype, etc.) and in person for those who are local to me in Southern MA and RI.  I hope to also offer Reiki to local clients.

Until next month……….

 

 

The Goddess: Dzivaguru

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 October 1, 2018

Dzivaguru

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This Mother Earth Goddess was of the Shona-speaking Korekore peoples of Zimbabwe.

She was the Goddess of Earth and the Darkness of Night. It was She who controlled the clouds and the rain, and the pools and the streams.

Dzivaguru was kind and compassionate toward her people. She brought the rain, and with the help of her two beautiful, golden Sunbirds, She brought the sun. Because of Her, Her land was fruitful and abundant.

She lived in a palace which was on an ancient lake. She walked freely, and often, amongst her meadows and forests, drinking from her magical cornucopia, which brought Her everything She could ever wish for.

There came a time when the Sky God’s son, Nosenga, became jealous of Her land and Her wealth. He wanted all that She had and so, decided to just take it from Her.

Dzivaguru was smart, however, and knew his plans, and so concealed all of Her wealth and lands in fog to conceal it. He used a magic ribbon to see and was able to finally find Her palace.

She tried to flee but he set a trap for Her by trapping Her two beautiful Sunbirds, bringing the

sunshine.

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Dzivaguru was angered by Nosenga’s actions. He had Her Sunbirds and he took Her lands. She left, but not before taking Her lake, and with it, Her control over the waters and the rain.

She cursed him, saying that his worship would be short-lived and that because he stole Her birds, that the sun would never set and the lands would be parched and cracked because She would not bring the rains. Thus, She disappeared. To this day, Her people still call out to her for rain.

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The Political is Personal; The Personal is Political

***The Political is Personal***

 

This cry, from  the mid-1960’s was born of women’s and civil rights fights and protests.  It is from an essay by Carol Hanisch, although there are those who say it is a quote from Gloria Steinem.

I try to not infuse/confuse my classes with politics; however, since what I do deals with women, women’s spirituality and women’s empowerment, now seems to be the time to do so.

Women are, once again, in a fight for their lives with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  Allegations aside, his behavior during his testimony proves that he is unfit for the highest court in the country, although he fits the mold of the one who nominated him.

Some women, once again, are telling the stories of their treatment at the hands of men, why they waited, why they never told, how it has affected their whole lives, how and why they can never leave it behind them.  We have seen and heard the reaction of white men to a woman who has the nerve the accuse one of their own.  Even though these women are speaking out and speaking up, they have been and are triggered.

Some women, once again, have chosen to stay silent about their stories, but they have them.  We all have them.  Their reasoning for remaining silent is theirs, and very individual.  They have that right.  These women, too, are triggered.

Calls to abuse hotlines have skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks.  This is no surprise.

What is still a surprise, to me, is the women who defend Kavanaugh, and those like him. I shouldn’t be surprised.  I’ve seen and heard enough from women who refuse to see what patriarchy has done to women, and to men, as well.  Internalized misogyny is a thing.  Look it up.

The cry was *The Personal is Political*.  I tend to look at it as *The Political is Personal*.  What passes for politics today is extremely personal, at least to me, and most of the women who are my friends and Sisters.  Our experiences, our stories, our lives are out there; the details differ but the experiences are similar.  For women of color, my guess is that it is that much worse.

This is the world which women live in.  For some, every day of their lives is a trigger for a memory which makes them stop, and cry, and want to die.

This is when our self-care becomes a priority.  Do what you need to – speak up or do not speak up.  But then, take care of yourself.  Write down a list of the things that soothe you, that bring you joy and comfort, and when the time comes that you need that comfort, look at that list and take care of yourself, from taking a long, hot bath, to a cup of tea, to a nap, to meditation.  Whatever works for you is what you do.  Feel all the things, all the emotions you must and need to feel, but when all is said and done, take care of yourself because sometimes ourselves is all we have.  Self-care.  Self-nurture.  Self-soothe.  Wrap yourself in love, hugs and acceptance for all that you have experienced and been through because you are strong and you are a survivor.

May the Goddess bless you and all of us.

 

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