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Susan Morgaine 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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Susan Morgaine March 1, 2019
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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.
Susan Morgaine February 1, 2019
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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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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
Susan Morgaine January 1, 2019
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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:
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)
Full Moon – Cold Moon
Herb – Thyme
Color – White
Tree – Birch
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.
Susan Morgaine December 1, 2018
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
Goddess of the
Protector of Her
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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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She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names
Susan Morgaine November 1, 2018
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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.
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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
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”.