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Blowing Bubbles with the Goddess
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I have been reading Witchvox articles for a long time and have found great inspiration and insight from them. As several other people have noted, every time they started to write an article they discovered something better written in the archives. After several discussions with friends, I realized that my relationship with my Patron Goddess Lakshmi is much different than normally discussed. There are two elements I have yet to see in print, so Iím hopefully adding to the site by describing them. I also feel that the classic division between Maiden, Mother, and Crone is not complete.
Everyone hopes to discover that they have some hidden talent that has somehow been overlooked through their life. Once I decided to investigate Wicca I discovered I had one. Through some combination of luck, genetics, or mindset I have a knack for communicating with the Divine. During my Wiccan training, my friend Crystal suggested that I go into a trance, travel to the spirit plane, and ask ďDo I have a personal divinity?Ē To my surprise, Lakshmi arrived in a golden blast. She is an extraordinarily pretty Goddess in flawless clothes. Finding out that Lakshmi was my Goddess was even more surprising since Iím Caucasian and was born in the middle of the U.S. I had to politely ask who she was (Goddesses should have nametags) .
After a few more visits, I learned to Draw Down the Moon and soon afterwards I pledged myself to her. Lakshmi became my Patron. (I donít like to use the word Matron since it reminds me of prison guards.) Lakshmi became my spirit guide and we have had many interactions where she provided great insight into my problems and aided me to their solution. While great for me, I believe this is the classic outcome of having a Patron. My initial relationship with Lakshmi was quite standard. You have a wonderful trusted friend who is willing to help with everyday problems.
Something that I do not feel is widely known is that Drawing Down the Moon goes in both directions. The Goddess meshes with your spirit, provides great joy, and can communicate to you/through you. Each time Lakshmi and I have blended, Iíve felt that the Goddess has gained greater insight about me. However, I did not realize that each time we blended, I learned more about Lakshmi.
Several months ago, I visited her and she was distracted and upset. Iím not sure what caused it, but Goddesses seem to have bad days also. I believe I broke all sorts of rules, but I went up and hugged her. She was surprised, but cried a bit and hugged me back. Evidently Goddesses arenít given sympathetic hugs too often. At that point our relationship shifted. She is still my Patron and spirit guide, but is now also my friend. So the first novel part of our relationship is that I occasionally offer the Goddess a friendly shoulder to cry on.
After this surprising turn of events, our interactions become less formal. While she continues to appear in her full glowing Goddess regalia when pissed off, she now wears very simple clothes in most circumstances. I expect that most Patrons shift from the formal clothes as they become more comfortable with their clients/worshippers/followers.
Once we became friends, the second novel part of our relationship occurred about a month later. I visited her palace and was met by a Goddess Child about ten years old wearing the childrenís equivalent of Lakshmiís formal apparel. Lakshmi decided to appear as a child. She is the Goddess of Beauty and Elegance, so she was an extremely pretty child in a beautifully tailored set of childrenís clothes. Some things donít change.
The Child Goddess Lakshmi was fully intent on having some fun while talking to me. She provided guidance while blowing bubbles to make specific points. I now believe that the standard list of Goddess as Maiden, Mother, and Crone should be expanded. It should include Child, or in my case, a happy child blowing bubbles.
I would like to offer some thoughts about why a Child aspect makes sense for the Mother Goddess Lakshmi. My perspective is that Lakshmi is the Mother Goddess of planning and noble outcomes. If a person has a noble goal and follows the rules to achieve it, then she will be there to cheer you on. Sheís the supportive parent that occasionally provides a small boost, a spiritual cookie, to help you get to your goal. Like any good parent, she is happy to support her children in achieving even mundane goals such as finishing high school/college, being a good parent, paying off the mortgageÖ
The link back to children and childhood is straightforward. Most of my lifetime goals were decided when I was a small child. I know that when I was ten I wanted to have a family, visit Disneyland, and get a college degree. These goals have flowed through much of my life. Lakshmi is dealing with childrenís dreams and ideals on a daily basis and tracks how people do versus these goals throughout their life.
An additional thought is that until the 1800s, there was no clear distinction between children and adults. Iím not sure why we implicitly leave off the child aspects of our life when thinking about our relationship to Divinity. It is not clear that a toddlerís goal to learn to walk is any less important than an adultís desire to get an MBA. Both involve dedication and, in the case of the toddler, an ability to keep going even through the inevitable tumbles. I think that the Mother Goddess, indeed all Gods and Goddesses, is intimately involved with children as well as adults.
Let me phrase it a different way. I think every adult has started as a child. I donít think that Gods and Goddesses start paying attention to us only when obtain our driverís license. I believe they are with us from the beginning all the way to our eventual ending.
So my relationship with my Patron involves the expected daily worship and asking for guidance. However, it also involves providing a friendly shoulder for the Goddess to cry on as well as blowing bubbles with the Child Goddess.
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