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The Goddess: Vajrayogini

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 November 1, 2019

Vajrayogini

 

(Photo Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Guidebook by Meggan Watterson)

Vajrayogini is considered to be the prime deity of the Tantric pantheon, the principal female deity of the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Yantras, and central to the practice of Vajrayogini Buddhism.

She is a Dakini (Tantric Priestess) and female Buddha, the complete essence of Buddhahood in female form, and is common to all Tibetan Buddhism schools.

Her red body symbolizes Her inner fire, while the flames surrounding her represent Her elevated wisdom and spiritual transformation. The ability to see with clarity in the future, as well as the present and past, is evident in Her third eye chakra.

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She carries a bowl filled with blood, which represents the sacred blood of menstruation and birth. It also represents the clear light of bliss that can be attained by letting go of our attachment to ego.

There are different forms of Vajrayogini, each having a different name and appearance. Some of Her names are descriptive; some refer to Her lineage. The following examples are from the website himalyanart.org

Vajrayogini has been called the Buddha for our time, this time we live in with our busy, hectic lives, our myriad of problems and fears of work, paying our bills, the terrifying issues around the world. She is both peaceful and full of wrath. Vajrayogini is a meditation deity. She helps us to see the truth, free of our illusions, free of being selfish. She works always for others and their well-being and helps us to destroy us of our hanging on to our egos. Vajrayogini is easy to reach during our dark times. She is anxious to help us and bring us to Enlightenment.

You can meditate upon Her likeness, one of Her mandalas or chant Her mantra.

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There are several temples in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, dedicated to Vajrayogini, three of which are below. Sankhu Vajrayogini Temple, Guhyeshwari Temple and Vidhyeshvari Vajrayogini Temple.

 

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The Goddess: Lalita

She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 May 1, 2019

Lalita, the Red Goddess

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Lalita Tripura Sundari, also known as Lalita, is an Hindu Goddess, connected to playfulness and desire.

Lalita is “She Who Plays”. Her name in Sanskrit is comprised of Lila, meaning “divine play”, Tripura, meaning three worlds, and Sundari, meaning beautiful; hence, Tripura Sundari is “She who is beautiful in three worlds”. She is known for Her spontaneity and joy.

Lalita is part of a group of ten Goddesses called the Mahavidyas, or Great Wisdom. She is seen to be an aspect of manifestation of Parvati, as well as “Adi Parashakti”, a Goddess considered a Supreme Being in the Shaktism sect of Hinduism.

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Lalita is sometimes seen sitting upon a lotus of 16 petals and is known as the Fulfiller of all Desires. Her devotional text, the Lalita Sahasranamam, is a list of her 1,000 names that fulfills the desires of those reciting it.

She holds a golden bow, which represents the wind and five golden arrows to represent the five senses. Her forehead is sometimes shown with a crescent moon.

Her yantra (mystical diagram/sacred geometry) is a red flower, symbolizing Her as the Red Goddess.

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According to Meggan Watterson of The Divine Feminine Oracle, Lalita represents the waking, dreaming, deep sleep states of our consciousness. She helps us to find joy in our own consciousness and within the world.

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The Goddess: Akhilanda

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 March 1, 2019

Akhilanda

(artwork by Pieter Weltevrede)

Akhilanda is the Hindu Goddess of Never Not Broken. Her formal name is Akhilandeswari Ma, and is known informally as Khodiyar Ma, a form of the Great Mother Goddess.

In Sanskrit, Akhilanda means “never not broken” and Ishwari is Goddess or female power. She is one of India’s oldest depictions of the Goddess.

She is said to be originally a Vedic Goddess, the Vedas being the oldest layer of Sanskrit scripture. She is also known as the Goddess of the “agamas”, the texts known as tantra. She has been described as a form of the Goddess Parvati and as associated with Goddess Durga.

She carries a trident and stands upon a crocodile upon a rushing river.

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“Everything happens for my liberation. I choose to become only more love” – Divine Feminine Oracle

She moves and allows herself to be moved by the motion of the crocodile upon the rushing waters of the river. She surrenders herself to the movement.

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Her power comes from being pulled apart and coming back together again; always broken, so she can never BE broken. She is destroyed (broken) and created/re-created again and again.

Akhilanda represents where we are broken, our pieces instead of our whole. The crocodile is our fears, our vulnerabilities.

She teaches us that our power is in our pain and that we have the strength and ability to pull ourselves back together, again and again, after breaking. We re-create and rebuild ourselves over and over into whom we wish to be.

Akhilandra is there to help us transition from one place to another after we are hurt, when we feel sadness, when we have suffered loss. She assists us to grow, to transform, to heal and mend those broken bits and pieces. Just as she surrenders to the motion of the crocodile and the waters of the river, so we should surrender to whatever we are feeling, trusting that we will once again be whole.

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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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