The Goddess: Dakini

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 August 1, 2019

Dakini

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Female, Powerful. Supernatural. Wisdom. Enlightenment.

The Dakini are beyond intelligence; they are the embodiment of female wisdom and enlightenment.

Dakini, translated, means “sky dancer”. They are seen as the attendants of Kali. Like Her, they can be vengeful and protective. The Dakini can be unruly; they make their own rules and love their freedom. They can appear as intense or nurturing as they represent energy in in all of it’s ever-changing forms.

Their resemblance to Kali is seen within the garland of skulls that they wear.

She/they is also seen carrying a vessel of menstrual blood – the elixir of life.

In other representations, She holds a gold Tantric staff, which symbolizes the ultimate union she has attained within herself.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dakini is the most sacred feminine principle. As Tantric Priestesses, they are limitless possibility.

She represents the inner realm as a meditation guide, and the outer realm as a Tantric yogini.

A Dakini can also be a sacred female spirit, a woman who has reached a certain amount of spiritual development and who teaches truth and spiritual wisdom in every aspect of her life. She carries power and grants insights to the serious yogini, especially those who practice Kundalini Yoga.

It was believed by Padmasambhava, who was a pioneer in Buddhism, that women were better able to go more deeply into meditation than males and, thus, were able to realize the wisdom of his teachings.

There were many Dakini temples, round structures, with no roof, open to the sky. The most famous is the 64 Yogini/Dakini Temple, which has 64 niches with carvings representing various aspects of this Goddess.

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The Goddess: The Cosmic Egg

She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

The Cosmic Egg

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The Cosmic Egg from whom all life has sprung, the beginning of all life, is the symbol of the Divine Female’s creative force.

The Cosmic Egg represents the Cosmos, full of new life, promise and potential.

This was described in the Rig Veda, the oldest Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. The Cosmic egg, as primal, creative force has also been described as Shakti, the female energy from which all things come.

In ancient Egypt, the hieroglyph used for the Cosmic Egg was the same as that used to describe the child in her mother’s womb. In ancient Greece, it was called the Orphic Egg.

In the Lagos Museum, there is a 7,000 year old stone sculpture, six feet in length and imprinted with a symbol reminiscent of the strands of DNA; found in Silves, Algarve-Portugal, it was immediately named a “cosmic egg”.

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Creation always begins with an egg, the mother, the woman. The primal universe and/or the Great Mother who created it, took the form of an egg.

As stated by Diane Stein in her book, “The Guide to Goddess Craft”, formerly known as “The Women’s Spirituality Book”,

“Egg are also the univeral symbols of cretion, birth, rebirth, the

moon and the goddess. They are often seen in conjunction with the

serpent or snake………….”

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“The goddess birthed both {the egg and the snake} from

her body and they floated on the waters of chaos. By wrapping

herself around the egg, the snake broke it open and from it

hatched all the forms of the universe.”

Hildegard of Bingen, who was a German abbess, as well as a writer, composer, visionary and mystic had visions, the third of which can only be described as a vision of The Cosmic Egg:

“I saw a huge form, rounded and shadowy, and shaped like an egg… Its outer layer consisted of an atmosphere of bright fire with a kind of dark membrane beneath it… From the outer atmosphere of fire, a wind blew storms. And from the dark membrane beneath, another membrane raged with further storms which moved out in all directions of the globe.”

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“Mother Earth lies in the world’s midst rounded like an egg

and all blessings are there inside her as in a honeycomb.”

– – – Petronius, Roman Novelist

Is it possible that the ancient tradition of coloring eggs for Easter in the spring is a way of paying homage to the Goddess and her womb – the Cosmic Egg? I would say, yes, absolutely.

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The Goddess: The Nereids

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

The Nereids

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The Nereids are Sea Goddesses/Nymphs and the daughters of Nereus and Doris, who was the daughter of Oceanus. Doris’ name means bounty of the sea, which is perfect for the Mother of the Nereids, who represent all that is beautiful about the sea.

They are 50 in number, all of whom loved to dance and sing with their melodious voices. They dressed in the finest silks and their heads were crowned with red coral.

All of them were oracles and had the gift of prophesy and divination. They could prophesy shipwrecks and storms, as they rode whales and dolphins throughout the ocean. They were the protectors of the sailors and fishermen, whom they would save when the predicted storms would appear.

They lived with their father, Nereus, but would go forth to accompany the King of the Sea, Poseidon, who was married to Amphitrite.

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Each of them represented a part of the sea and the oceans bounty.

The Greek poet, Hesoid called them truthful and unlying” and beyond reproach”.

These 50 sisters had one brother, named Nerites, who was born after all of them. It is said that he was the most beautiful male and, one can assume, spoiled by his sisters.

While not all of the Nereids has their own legend, they each had their special part of the sea or specialty.

Aktaia – “Goddess of the sea shore”;

Doto – “safe passage to boats and ships; She also had a temple in Gabala;

Amatheia – a healer, who nursed and nurtured the fish of the sea;

Galateia – “Goddess of the sea foam”;

Amphinome  “the seas bounty”;

Keto – “sea monsters”;

Amphitrite – Possessed the power to calm the waters and quiet the wind; She did this along with Her sisters, Kymatolege and Kymodoke and Kymo;

Amphithoe – “moves swiftly”;

Eukrante – “successful voyage”;

Galene – “calm seas”;

Eunike – “maritime victory”;

Autonoe – “with her own mind”;

Dynamene – “the power of the sea”;

Erato – “the lovely”;

Halia – “of the brine”;

Kallianas – “lovely queen”;

Eudora – “fine gifts of the sea”;

Eukrante – “successful voyage”;

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Eulimene – “good harbor”;

Lymnoreaia – “salt marsh”;

Eumolpe – “fine singer”;

Oreithyia – “raging sea”;

Pherosa – “rescuing sailors”;

Protomedeia – “first queen”;

Psamathe  “Goddess of Sand”;

Agave  “the illustrious

Thetis – “the unofficial leader of the Nereids

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The remaining Nereids are Thaleia, Theisto, Thoe, Laomedeia, Maira, Leagore, Melite, Panopeia, Nemerites, Menippe, Neomeris, Neso, Nesaire, Apseutes, Dero, Pherosa, Ploito, Eione, Polynome, Dexamine, Pontomedousa, Eugare, Proto, Kallianeira, Pontoporeia, Poulynoe, Kalypso, Eupompe, Klaia, Pronoe, Euarne, Hippothoe, Klymene, Iaira, Kranto, Ianassa, Ianeira and Ione.

MYTHS & LEGENDS

In the legend of Jason and his search for the Golden Fleece, the Nereids were instrumental in helping him and his crew survive. Hera had asked Thetis to protect Jason from the anger of Zeus. As Jasons ship, the Argo, was sailing between the Wandering Rocks (which would destroy the ship and everyone aboard), the Nereids surrounded the ship while Thetis took hold of the rudder blade. Thetis directed the course of the ship, the Neireds tossed the ship back and forth, carrying it above the waves. The ship would have been destroyed, if not for the bravery of the Nereids.

(“Tritons & Nereids” by William Russell Flint)

One day as the Sisters were out frolicking between the sand and sea, Thetis was captured by the Warrior/King Peleus, who wanted to marry her. She unsuccessfully tried to run. She was, at that time, very unwilling to marry but eventually did so, with all of her sisters in attendance.

Thetis was the mother of Achilles; and so, the Nereids were present, marching in his funeral procession. As they proceeded upon the sea shore, they grieved with their sister.

Theseus was the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, but his claim was disputed by King Minos of Crete. Minos flung his ring far out into the sea and demanded that Theseus retrieve it, to prove his claim. Theseus dove right into the ocean, where he was picked up by dolphins and brought to his mothers court, where the Nereids gave him a golden crown to prove his royal heritage.

The Nereids were mentioned not only in the works of Hesoid, but also Baccylides, Ovid, Plato and Sappho, amongst many others.

It is easy to imagine that all of our present tales and myths of sea monsters and mermaids that help sailors come to us from these legends of the Nereids.

(Previously Published on Motherhouse of the Goddess – SM)

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