Did you see the full moon last night or early this morning? Deep blue sky, high thin clouds, mild breeze…wow! In the Celtic tradition, if memory serves, the full moon of November is dedicated to Hecate. In one my favorite books, a character adopts “Hecate” as her online gaming handle. My husband is Catholic, so the ‘patron saint’ or archangel idea isn’t unfamiliar. It’s not hard to believe in magic and goddesses in an environment like early this morning…even if the reason I went outside in the first place was just to take the garbage out.
You might wonder how I reconcile ‘goddesses’ and ‘angels’ to my secular approach to things. Easy. Either they are normal, natural consciousness integrated into the universe at other dimensional levels (sounds pretty out there, doesn’t it)…you know, like crossed over loved ones, or higher-dimension entities that deliberately choose to work with us and help us (think ‘spirit guide’ ‘guardian angel’ or ‘bodhisattva’) OR they are, for lack of a better term, how we as humans have named/anthropomorphised/personified the esoteric intangible and subtle aspects of life in the cosmos as we know it. Either way, this is all firmly in the arena of emotion, philosophy, imagination, intuition – beyond the reaches of science or society/religion either one in my opinion.
I know, I know…that is a complicated mouthful about ideas that will make your brain hurt if you think about it too hard. Doctor Who is right…it IS all kind of wibbly-wobbly and timey-wimey. But the full moon this morning and seeing Debora Geary’s “Modern Witch” books on my Kindle last night both brought the idea of ‘goddesses’ to mind. After being brought up around the heavily patriarchal mindset of evangical christians, I get a little thrill when the sacred feminine actually gets some respect. Not saying it should a total girl-show. You know me, I’m all about balance. But every now and again I catch a fairies and flowy dresses kind of mood and wonder who my patron goddess would be. I’ve been leaning toward Brigid lately…healing, poetry, and my father’s side of the family has a blacksmith association. I don’t know for sure – those moods seldom last long. But long story short…it reminded me of this nifty Q&A reading from the archives:
Q. How do I know what Goddess is working with me right now?
A. I’ve heard of “goddess readings” and “angel readings” but it isn’t something I work with very often. Sometimes “Goddess” or “Angel” readings use a special set of cards, with names of angels from the western judeo-christian tradition on them, or a special set of Tarot cards with Goddesses from many traditions on them. Other times, the readings work just like a psychic “cold” reading, where the psychic just gives the mental intuitive impression as they get them. Sometimes this includes the psychic identifying the angel or goddess, sometimes the entity is identified later based on the symbols given in the reading. Some goddesses have particular colors or images identified with them. As I understand it, Mary from the Christian tradition is associated with flowers, roses, the color blue, while a Quan Yin energy works with the animal kingdom and is associated with the color violet (source: Ted Andrews)
If I were to be very off-the-cuff about this I would answer you simply with “Isis”. As I read your e-mail there was a strong Egyptian image…a wall carving / painting of a woman kneeling and offering a light blue jar, like a perfume jar, something that fit in her hands easily. The energy is feminine, but the image isn’t the winged one traditionally associated with Isis. The jar image brings to mind the jars associated with Asian Quan Yin statues…to symbolize the pouring out of compassion…but that doesn’t feel right. The jar was light blue…quan yin’s jar is often white, or the color of the statue itself. Quan Yin is associated with violet, and the energy here is definitly blue. There is also a strong image of an oval light blue stone set in a headband – gold rimmed with ‘horns’…definitely an Egyptian style, perhaps a scarab sort of thing…turquoise or moonstone or feldspar…the shape is like the astrological symbol for taurus only with a stone set in the circle. Wait…let me check … yep. Just Google “isis” images and you’ll see the shape.
But that is why I don’t limit my readings to “goddesses” or “angels”. I believe that our spirit guides and teachers – whoever they are – show themselves to us in whatever form we learn from the best. If you need a female or a goddess to hear them and learn from them, then that is how the energy or consciousness would appear to your inner eye and your intuition. If you learn better from a male, or a friend, or a colleague, that’s how it will be too. We all have a story. Because of this lifetime, we have all picked up thought-habits and expectations. We are instinctively, reflexively, and often times unconsciously resistant to some ways of looking at the world – yet we can take in that exact same lesson at a slightly different energy-frequency. Esoteric energy, spirit guides if you will, find the right frequency – the right way through- to help us learn.
If you want to learn more about working with Spirit Guides, I highly recommend Ted Andrews book on the subject.
Here is another suggestion: meditate. Just passively listen. ake in the images that come to mind, then let them go. After the meditation, jot down the words and images you remember. After a time, see if there are clues or patterns that might tell you about the guide or goddess or angel that is working with you.
Other key ideas are the compassion that exists with this kind of learning-work. Set your intent that the relationship be a loving supportive one for the highest and best. If something seems wrong, or harsh or judgemental…then something IS wrong. Seek help, ask for protection from higher entities…a true spirit guide or goddess would never frighten or hurt you. Those kinds of connections are breathtaking, and beautiful whether you think of them as feeling connected to a particular goddess, god, or just the universe itself.