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Daily Goddess Awareness
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Autumn is that time of year when we all seem to feel the magickal energies of the Great Goddess. With every change of the weather, every warm or cool breeze, we feel Her a stirring within our spirits. As the seasons transform the dark green earth of summer into a kaleidoscope of colors we sense the Goddess all around us. We feel Her power, Her majesty, and Her wonder. It is this time of year that stirs the very essence of our being.
Fall is also an extremely busy time of year. First there is Samhain, then November Blessings and next we have Yule. We seem to be rushing constantly, busy within our traditions and our faith. It is a time when most become more aware of their spiritual path. This time of year seems to bring out a longing to be more connected with the Goddess and find that part of Her personal to each of us.
I remember days as a child running in the leaves, climbing trees and the magick I felt being with my family. The energy that embraced each day spent with my Great Grandmother and my Aunts as they watched over me. They taught me about the seasons and the magick hidden within each. Yet more importantly they taught me the blessings and wonders of the Goddess.
The morning sunrise was breaking across the mountaintops and I could just see the golden rays beginning to touch the treetops across the yard. The Autumn colors were glowing as if they were flames from a great bonfire in the heavens. I watched as the long shadows from the dawning light moved stealthily along the ground. The sunlight catching the frost on the newly fallen leaves made them glisten on the ground.
I knew it must have been a cold night but I didn’t notice it at the time. It was November and the Autumn weather in the Ozarks could change as quickly as a leaf falling to the ground. It was also the full moon, a time when my family gathered around the fire and danced in celebration to honor of the Goddess before Her winters sleep.
The full moons and dark moons were always a time of gatherings for my family; a time to give honor unto the Goddess and to work miraculous feats of magick, healing and encircling energy.
However, honoring the Goddess was not something done only at the full or dark moons. Each day I learned to give the Goddess honor in invocation and/or devotion. Later I would learn how to connect with Goddess within my daily meditation. My Great Grandmother taught me that it was not only the authority and power of the Goddess that we honored; but Her spirit, that part of Her we draw within our very beings. For when we call unto Goddess, She renews of our souls. I learned that the Goddess was within my heart, my spirit and the essence of my being. Each time I brought Her unto me, it gives me strength not to forget who I was within myself.
That morning I lay in my bed waiting to hear my Great Grandmother calling me to breakfast. I knew that there would be fresh hot biscuits with gravy, eggs and ham on the table. But it was cold, and if I waited for her to call, the kitchen would be nice and warm from the wood stove that my Great Grandmother cooked on. I knew even then that in my life with my Great Grandmother, there were some things I could always count on.
Today, when I look back at my childhood, I recognize that those times with my Great Grandmother were the most magickal and spiritual of my life. She taught me an understanding that surpasses all the books and studies of my entire life. She taught me to see beyond that which others saw. To see what was hidden within their words and actions. She taught me that the Goddess was a living spirit, not just a power we call on when we need something or in High Holy rites.
The Goddess is not the same for all of us. She is known by thousands of names and yet there are still names unto us that She is unknown. Some see the Goddess as a Maiden, young and filled with the innocence of youth. Others see Her as the Mother, a woman of sexuality as well as fertility, and a woman of strength, growing within Her own personal power. Still others see Her as the Crone, an elderly woman of great wisdom, wise with understanding and experience in life but unafraid of what is to come. For others, each aspect of the Goddess is encompassed within different enlightenments, different names.
However we perceive the Goddess is personal unto each one of us. It is how we seek the Goddess that gives us our individual relationship with Her. How I see the Goddess when I stand before Her in honor may not be the same vision She gives unto another. There are no rules and we need not see Her the same.
Daily Goddess Awareness; Invocation, Mediation, Devotion
Invocation: Invocation is that time you take to give honor and praise unto the Goddess. Set aside a moment to light a candle each morning. As you do, give honor and respect unto the Goddess as you see Her. It can be something different each day according to what you feel. Some people find it more comfortable for some their words to be in rhyme or chant. Whatever you decide to say let it be from your heart. Then each time during the day when you see the candle, it will remind you of that part of who you are within your spiritual path.
Meditation: Mediation is one way many have learned to draw the Goddess within. In mediation you can allow that state of consciousness the freedom to bring clarity into your spirit. As your mind clears it gives you awareness to that which is outside the physical. Once you become aware of that outer consciousness, you can seek out the Goddess within your spirit as you know Her. Each time bringing a greater understanding of that spiritual element shared.
Devotion: A moment of personal devotion a simple way to touch each day with the Goddess within your spirit. Set a time daily to take a moment to say thank you unto the Goddess, as you know Her. It is the time for you to give honor to that part of the Goddess that gives you your personal power. Make it a part of your daily routine and soon it will become your personal tradition.
I need to say that these daily awareness’s of invocation, mediation, and devotion’s work equally as well for those working with both the Goddess and the God, Lord and Lady. Again depending on your personal traditions and how your see each within your beliefs.
Getting started can be hard; keeping a commitment to anything daily is not always easy. Some days you may forget, that is normal, you are learning a new habit. But if it is right for you and with determination before long it will be in your spirit and a part of each day. Allow yourself the time to find out if a daily work fits your spiritual path. It has been said that it takes twenty-one days of repeated actions to make a new routine or habit.
I am in no way saying this is the right thing for everyone. I have found over the years that those few moments that I take to personally connect with the Goddess give me great comfort as it enlightens my spirit.
All wonder and miracles,
All creatures upon the earth,
All things wise and beautiful;
Our Mother gave them birth.
By: Lady Abigail
High Priestess Ravensgrove Coven
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