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The Warrior Goddess and You.
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Every person is a Warrior. I do not mean a soldier; I mean a warrior. There is a difference. In my course, The Warrior Within, students learn the difference. Every culture has a Warrior Goddess even though in some cultures, she has fallen out of favor. Let’s examine some of these Goddesses.
Greek culture has Artemis, strong, determined, and full of her own balance and sense of duty. She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She is the goddess of the Amazon, female warriors who, according to myth, fought and protected their land in the area between Sarmatia and Scythia. In Roman times, Boudicia of eastern Britain was a war chief who ruled her kingdom in peace and prosperity despite Roman incursions on the land.
In Yoruba culture, there is the great Warrior Goddess Oya who is the Undergoddess of the Niger River. She is the warrior spirit of the wind, lightning, fertility, fire and magic. It is believed that she creates hurricanes and tornadoes, and serves as guardian of the underworld. In Meso-America, there is Itzpapalotl is a fearsome skeletal warrior goddess who ruled over the paradise world of Tamoanchan. In the Old Testament, we discover Deborah the Judge who became the last judge of the Hebrew nation after defending the 12 tribes from Sisera and the Canaanite army. She ruled her people for over 40 years.
Each of these individuals stood as true warriors for their people whether they were/are deific manifestations based on actual individuals or not. As I have spent time with my own personal deities, I have found that the Warrior Goddess comes to me when I truly need Her.
A Warrior is “One Who Struggles”
In this case, each of us is a warrior. She/He is NOT one who seeks conflict. A soldier in our 21st century world is NOT a warrior. A warrior is “one who struggles”. This definition includes everything in creation. Water struggles against earth. Earth struggles against fire. Fire struggles against earth and water. The struggle is not bad or good, it simply is.
Struggle is the way to seek the balance between the parties. Look at the Grand Canyon: the water (river) struggles to get to the sea. The land is in the way, so it carves a path over time that allows both the land and the river to coexist. The beauty of the Grand Canyon is that the balance is breathtaking. A huge pathway carved out by the river as it struggled to reach the place it desired to be. It wasn’t always as pretty and balanced as it is now, yet it did get there.
You have experienced life. It doesn’t mean that you are of a certain age, only that you have experienced life. It is expected that you have made mistakes, dealt with the ramifications of those mistakes and will probably make many more. We also expect that you have come to some kind of accommodation with them and are looking first and foremost to heal yourself. These experiences are from where one draws their strength and where their empathetic skills are born. You may also have had a life altering experience like the “Little Death” or a significant out of body experience. Your path has been a little bit of a battlefield. Welcome to the “club” – know you are not alone.
Some of the indigenous people of this country understand this principle. For years, the buffalo roamed the great plains of the United States. The native peoples hunted the buffalo for food, clothing, tools, and other supplies. They didn’t kill thousands for their hides and let the meat rot. They honored their fallen 4-footed allies and utilized everything. They prayed to the spirit of the buffalo and took only what they needed, never taking more. Our western hyper-consumer society has disrupted the balance. Each person is charged to help restore that balance or risk the proverbial wrath of the Universe.
What are the Traits of the Warrior?
A warrior, first and foremost, accepts and discerns the truth about him/herself. Warriors take responsibilities for their own actions, recognize the truth of things about themselves and others. They practice self-discipline. They view every situation in balance utilizing analysis without emotion. Warriors develop a strong sense of defense of their own boundaries, take responsibility for their OWN actions and accept the consequences of their OWN choices.
Speaking with the Warrior Goddess
There are many ways to tap into your own personal Warrior Goddess. Whether you have met her or not, she is always with you. She is that part of yourself that comes out when your beliefs, actions, and plans are challenged; it is how each one of us manifests her that is different. Meditation is one way to tap into her. Another is to perform a simple ritual to the Warrior Goddess. Here is one that I have found useful across many different paths.
A gold or yellow candle
A pentagram or other representation of spirit for yourself
Agrimony, Angelica, Basil, and Rue in the following proportions as incense:
1 quarter part Agrimony
1 quarter part Angelica
1 half part Basil
1 part Rue
A representation of yourself as a Warrior
Paper with your intent to speak with the Warrior Goddess
Prepare yourself as you normally would for any magical working.
Cast your circle.
Light the candle.
Light the Incense.
Clear your mind and holding the paper with your intent say 3 times:
Goddess strong and Goddess protector
Hear my call and heed my plea:
Join me Warrior Spirit mine.
Help me see my inner path,
Goddess Stong and Goddess Protector.
Wait to hear/see the Warrior Goddess.
Ask her, ” How Shall I Call You?”
Listen to what she tells you. When you are finished, thank her for speaking with you and ask if you may call on her again.
Extinguish the candle.
Write everything down you remember.
Close circle and leave paper on altar for at least 28 days.
There are many other ways to speak with the Warrior Goddess. In some instances, it is difficult to reach her yourself. Speak with your teacher, High Priestess, or other Elder to see if they can help you tap this wonderful energy.
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