Awaken the Goddess Day Thirteen

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The Serpent Goddess

If all symbols are really functions and signs of things imbued with energy, then the serpent or snake is, by analogy, symbolic of energy itself—of force pure and simple.

The serpent is most often related to sexual energies, which can be harnessed for spiritual purposes, or when abused, can overwhelm the spirit. Serpents depicted symbolically on a vertical axis nearly always represent sexual energy- the twin serpents of the caduceus, the kundalini serpents, the alchemical crucified serpent, and the serpent of Genesis are all symbols of the sexual nature of man. In the Judeo-Christian allegorical story of Adam and Eve, the serpent represents the dual nature of sexual energy, which can either entrap or release the spirit. It is this serpent who guards the mythical tree of life and immortality featured in mythology the world over, where it serves as both a protector of the aspirant and an obstacle to the uninitiated.

The Snake Goddess, or else the handling of snakes by priestesses, was extremely important in Minoan religion, as shown by the numerous figurines of snakes and women or goddesses handling them. The snake probably derived its symbolic importance from its ability to change its skin. The snake also moves between worlds in tombs and caves, and forms spirals with its body, and resembles the unbilicus, the life-giving cord which connects the new life with its source. Snakes are associated with venom that could be used for medicinal and trance inducing properties.

The snake Goddess is a symbol of the ancient Sacred Feminine — with all its mystery and power. Snakes are also symbols of renewal, healing, and the cycle of life and death, and the Snake Goddess holds a giant one in her hand. She has mastery over energy and knows how to use it to heal and renew life.

This Goddess has a rose at her womb. In medieval Europe, the Rose as a symbol of union with the divine may have been influenced by Arabian and Persian teachings from the time when Spain was an Islamic country. The Sufi teacher, Hazrat Inayat Khan writes:

Just as the rose consists of many petals held together, so the person who attains to the unfoldment of the soul begins to show many different qualities. The qualities emit fragrance in the form of a spiritual personality. The rose  has a beautiful structure, and the personality which proves the unfoldment  of the soul has also a fine structure, in manner, in dealing with others,  in speech, in action. The atmosphere of a spiritual being pervades the air like the perfume of a rose. 

So the energy that this Goddess is working with is the energy of her soul coming from her womb which is the place of creativity, birth and sexuality.  This energy when used appropriately is the energy of instant manifestation.

Because she is connected to her soul she has the tools she needs to create and manifest from an aligned space.  She can assist you in making this alignment so that all that you manifest is for a higher purpose.

 

 

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The Birth of Awaken The Goddess Meditation Deck

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“In 1996 I was involved in a year-long study group on Peruvian Shamanism.  One of the directions required that we look at our fears and this process manifested in me as a soar throat and anxiety attacks because it felt like my throat was closing.  At one point I thought it might be cancer it had gotten so bad.” from the book Empowered Health and Wellness Awakening the Inner Physician

One day I was having so much trouble swallowing that the art therapist in me told me to draw what I was feeling.  I was at my art studio and I said to myself ” You are an art therapist draw what you are feeling for God sake!” What occurred was a very rapid emergence of a woman with rainbow hair, doves flying from her head, as star at her throat and a tree growing from her throat.  When I saw her I knew she was just the beginning of a series.

This series came fast and furious over the next 2 months until I had captured 44 images of the Goddess.

I didn’t realize what I had done until I met Ron Mangrative at a Salon at a friends house.  Here is what Ron thought of my paintings:

The Late Ron Mangravite was a Spiritual teacher and expert in the universal nature of symbolism, mysticism and mythology)  These are his words at the opening exhibition of her “Awaken The Goddess” meditation images.

What I am here to share with you is some relatively academic knowledge which I thought was rather superficial and well known to Katelyn, but to my surprise, none of her work came out of academic studies.  It just came up out of where it is supposed to come out of, which doesn’t really happen much anymore.  For me this presentation is a question of introducing a real live person who is doing extraordinary stuff.

This is not an opening of just some pretty exciting art, this is a public introduction to a woman who has found her inner identity in such a way that it transcends anything she is as a citizen, and inhabitant of Minneapolis, even as a woman and certainly as an artist.

Read the full article with photos here

 

Awaken the Goddess Day Twelve

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The Shamaness Goddess

The Shaman/Shamaness is and archetypal energy in all of us.  It may or may not be active in you. Drawing this card suggests that it is time to let this energy flow through you.

Shamaness means female Shaman.  The first known shaman were women and because of their physical structure and nature women are natural shaman.  Another word would be medicine woman.  Shamanism was not only humankind’s first spiritual and healing practice, it was originally the domain of women.

Historically, the female shaman was viewed as using her body as a vessel to allow powerful energies to flow through her for healing and magic. In ancient times, women performed this function in collective rituals and communal ceremonies. Just as a pregnant woman gives over her body for the duration of her incubation, a woman shaman was thought to give over her body for the use of an incarnating spirit or ancestor.

This Goddess is preforming a Peruvian Shamanic technique for clearing energy from her client.  She moves this energy through her heart and it releases through her into the cosmos to Mother moon to purify it.

She has the Tree of Life at her solar plexus/ power center so she is using the wisdom from the Tree of Life to connect her to the earth and inform her healing practice.

She has the jaw bone of a cow at her waist, a reference to the Goddess Hathor. Hathor was the goddess of joy, motherhood, and love. She was considered the protectress of pregnant women and a midwife. She was the patron of all women, no matter their station in life.  Hathor was originally worshipped in the for of a cow or cow with stars on her.   This Goddess has the jawbone of the Goddess Hathor at her womb, the perfect place for the power of motherhood and childbirth.  She uses that power to nourish and nurture her clients.

The shamaness Goddess is representative of the healing power within you that is waiting for you to tap into.

 

 

Awaken the Goddess Day Eleven

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Awaken the Goddess-The Aboriginal Goddess

This is an Aboriginal Goddess who is connected to both the earth and the stars.  She is embracing her inner power.  She wears a feathered headdress which keeps her connected to source energy and wisdom.

Here face is tattooed with the Tree of Life.

The Metaphysical meaning of the image of the Tree of Life is simple… You are a child of the Universe.

  • You have the right to exist
  • You have the responsibility to grow to be yourself

The meaning of the Tree of Life as a spiritual symbol is well known and, like the tree itself, many branched and deeply rooted.

The Tree of Life can be thought of as your own Cosmic Family tree, telling ancient stories of your shared roots which link you to the past, showing your connected struggles and aspirations; your desires to reach for the Light.

The Tree of Life crosses all cultures because the Ancients could see trees close up all of the time… the symbolism of the sprouting seed, growing into a trunk and branching off, sending out smaller branches and little twigs, to see what they may accomplish… was not lost on them. The Tree became a common symbol, then, of life, ancestry, mythology, lessons of the spirit, history, lineage, and hope for the future… and climbing to the heavens.

She carries the wisdom of the Tree of Life in her 3rd eye to guide her.

She holds the cosmic egg above her head and from it emerges a snake. The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind.

‘Before the world came into being there existed only the Cosmic Egg that floated unchanging in the Void for untold ages. Yin and Yang was the Egg, opposites perfectly mingled. And it was because they were perfectly mingled that the world could not yet be. The motif of the Cosmic Egg cracking open and birthing all is apparent in the creation myths of many cultures.

The egg contains the energy of all possibilities, one of them is the snake, the kundalini or life force energy.  So this Goddess hold the egg of all possibility and from it emerges life force energy which creates all things.

As the Aborigini Goddess you contain all of these aspects within you.

Awaken the Goddess Meditation Deck by Katelyn Mariah

 

 

Awaken the Goddess Day Ten

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This Goddess is my version of Kali.  She rises out of the dirt and mud of the mind to shake things up.  She has been visiting me lately.

At first her appearance can be frightening because she doesn’t look like the kind of beauty we are use to seeing, but when she starts to do her magic you fall in love.

She throws flames of enlightenment at you to burn away all those faulty believe systems that get in your way.  She is fast and efficient with her fire.

She wears the bat of transformation at her solar plexus which will assist you in transforming and gaining more personal power.

Embrace her and welcome her in and you will be able to love and embrace the parts of yourself that you don’t like to see.  If you can do this you are on your way to becoming whole and complete.

From Awaken the Goddess Medication Deck by Katelyn Mariah

 

Awaken the Goddess Day 9

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Awaken the Goddess Meditation Deck-Katelyn Mariah

The Green Earth Goddess

This is the Earth Mother rising from the sea as an enlightened being. Her heart is open and helping her navigate her world.  She is connected to the Divine through her crown and energy is flowing between them.  She navigates the world through the union of her heart, third eye and womb.

The star in her third eye is the star of a Goddess.

She holds an apple, cut in half to reveal it’s many seeds, over her womb which is also the solar plexus her power center.  The apple is reflected of the seeds in her power center that have been nourished and nurtured and are ready to grow into manifest reality.  She has the lightning bolt of action on her left arm, which is the masculine side suggesting she is ready for action and manifestation.

In the water you see three Iris.  The three being a symbol of the triple Goddess and the iris symbol of the Goddess Iris who was a sea Goddess.  She is known as one of the Goddesses who links the sea with the sky, connecting the spirit of the world with the physical of the world.  She acts as a messenger between the Earth Goddess pictured and her partner the Sky God.

There are three Iris or a trinity.  The iris itself is a trinity of petals so the importance of the triple aspect of the Goddess, maiden, mother and crone is emphasized. The word Iris means rainbow and Iris as messenger would take messages from the eye of heaven down to earth on an arc of a rainbow.

You have the power and support behind you to release your dreams into the world so they can manifest.

 

Awaken the Goddess Day 8

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Today’s reading from Awaken the Goddess Meditation Deck by Katelyn Mariah

This is a Renaissance Goddess working with the alchemy of the sacred marriage represented by the man and woman in the pot.  She is working  with the masculine and feminine energies, mixing them spiritually to create the sacred union of masculine and feminine.  It is only through this union that humans can be whole and complete.  As she creates this masculine/feminine wholeness it is being released into the universe  so that others will benefit.  It is her medicine to anchor this energy on the planet where it is needed.

As you see she is mixing and blending with her left hand/feminine side and releasing with her right hand/masculine side in perfect balance.

Regardless of gender, we each have masculine and feminine sides to our personalities. The feminine/right brain is creative, receptive, open and emotional where the masculine/left brain is rational, logical and action oriented. If these energies are out of balance they are at war with each other and if they are balanced they work as a team.  It is through the inner marriage/Alchemical Marriage of the masculine and feminine that we find balance within and can attract balanced relationships with others.

Awaken the Goddess Meditation Deck

Ancient Goddess Day seven

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First of all it is a Goddess and she is very ancient,very wise and all knowing.  She comes from a place deep inside of you. You can see by her shawl that she is a sky Goddess, and I believe that it would be Nut who gave birth to the sun.  She watches over the world through the stars and in a cloak of protection from harmful outside forces.
The black birds are symbolic of something that needs to be release and it is a lower chakra issue because of where they are placed.  I feel that it might be solar plexus/womb space.  The solar plexus is about power and the womb is about creation and manifestation and something is blocking the flow.  The number six is significant and for me that represents unconditional love.  We are in a period right now where Self-Love is key to our evolution.  It is something that we were not taught how to do and we are learning it as a group of souls.  How are you loving yourself.  How can you love yourself more?
Her left hand holds the key and her right hand holds a plate of apples and grain/nourishment.
Each human has a right and left hemisphere in the brain which we classify as male and female, the right being female and the left being male.  The male side/left is in charge of the right side of the body and the female/right side is in charge of the left side of the body, which is opposite what you would think.  The left hand is feminine and receiving and the right hand is male and giving.  Balancing the two sides is key to wholeness.  The key is in the feminine side so that is the side that must be strengthened.  It appears that it is easier for you to give than receive.  When you are busy giving you can’t give yourself the love that you need.  I would have a dialog with those two symbols the key and the apples and see what comes up by asking questions about each of them.
You see the birds going from black to white and turning into stars.  It is by releasing this lower chakra issue that you will change the birds from black to white and you will receive insight/enlightenment.

Another World Goddess

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Awaken the Goddess Day 6

This Goddess appears to be in another world on another planet.  It often feels that way when you have made a big shift and transformation in your life.  Everything seems foreign and you don’t know how to navigate this new environment.

It is possible that she has entered this foreign land through the dream time given that she has a lizard on her skirt.  Lizard is often used as a symbol for the dream time in many cultures.

She brought with her her medicine bundle, which holds all of her tools for connecting with her higher self.  As long as she is connected in this way she will learn how to navigate the new landscape as she will be guided and protected in her quest.

She is surrounded by water so the potential of being overwhelmed by her emotions is very real and would be expected for someone who is in a new space that she doesn’t understand.  She is holding the moon above her head suggesting that she is in contact and control of her emotional side and it won’t get in the way as she learns to live from a new space within.

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