Susan Morgaine August 1, 2019
(Photo Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Deck by Meggan Watterson – Photo by Susan Morgaine)
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.
(Image Credits: tsemrinpoche.com)