Have you been feeling overwhelmed? This coming week is a beautiful new moon in Libra on September 22nd that
will be lifting the energy for all of us. The planet Venus, rules Libra and will be beaming love into our lives.
I am hosting the Goddess retreat beginning next Thursday, September 25th, which just happens to coincide with the beginning of the Hindu festival of 9 nights of the Goddess known as Navaratri. I didn’t plan the dates to coincide, this is Divine synchronicity since I had initially planned for the retreat to be in October. That’s Spirit, always looking out for us.
Navaratri celebrates the Goddess Durga along with her two other aspects, Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth (depicted above in a painting by Lisa de St Croix) and Saraswati, Goddess of wisdom. “In order to have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the Divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights.”
“During Navaratri, the Hindus invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as ” Durga ,” which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as “Devi” (goddess) or “Shakti” (energy or power). It is this energy, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga, does everything. Truly speaking, the worship of Shakti re-confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed. It is always there. The Hindus believe this energy is only a form of the Divine Mother, who is the mother of all, and all of us are her children.”
For me, celebrating the Goddess is also about honoring the Divine Light within. Each of us, whether we are male or female, carries the spark of the Divine Light of Source/God/Goddess within us. As we grow, change and evolve in our lifetime, we are making an effort to improve ourselves, to act in ways that are respectful and kind toward one another, you could say that we are working on becoming our best or Highest self. It’s not always easy to do this because challenges and hardships can break us down if we let them and then we may choose the easier route, the route that doesn’t sustain us, we may follow the call of the smaller self, or the ego. By celebrating the Light within, we are affirming that this is the path we are choosing, the path of Light is the path of God/Goddess. We are expressing our gratitude for the Light that leads the way. We are saying the most important words we can say, “Thank You”. Thank you for this life, thank you for this body, thank you for this day, thank you for this opportunity to learn and experience. Thank you for the guidance, thank you for the forgiveness and compassion. Thank you for the Love and understanding. Thank you.
In our society, girls need a positive role model to become healthy women. The Goddess provides that perfect role model. Women want their men to honor, respect and love them. We all want our kings and queens to walk beside us. Is your daughter seeing the Goddess as a role model in her life? Were you taught to see yourself in that way? It’s never to late to teach her, to teach yourself to love and honor yourself in a very empowered way.
“I suggest you join us in celebrating “Ma Durga” during the Navaratri. She will bestow on you wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge, and other potent powers to cross every hurdle of life.”
You don’t have to be a Hindu to worship the Goddess. Create a sacred space with a ritual. Ritual is transformational, you begin in one state of being and end it in another by changing your consciousness. Light a candle to represent the light within, place a picture of any of the Goddesses, there are many to choose from from all the corners of the earth representing many different cultures, Mother Mary, Isis, Kuan Yin, Kali, Sophia, Durga, Freya, Pele, Aphrodite, Diana and more. See the face of the Goddess reflecting yourself back to you. Recognize yourself as the Goddess and offer your deep devotion to Her. We are all Goddesses, and it’s time we see ourselves that way.