Thursday, 21 November 2013

Kali Sadhana Day 2

My Goddess Circle
This morning, I called the quarters and added in the Void - the space above, below, nowhere and everywhere - with Kali to represent it.  Then, I practised 4 sun salute A's, 1 sun salute B, and 4 dancing warriors, followed by some backbends, forward bends, lateral bends, and rotations (total 17 minutes).  Throughout, I just focused on my breath and on silently chanting Om Krim Kalikaye Namaha.  After that, I sat and chanted 108 repetitions out loud, devoked my circle, and ended with a resounding "Ja Kali Ma!"

It felt really good, and I didn't feel at all short tempered afterwards.  In fact, I went straight to bed for a nap, very peacefully :)

This five layered expression of the Goddess is still on my mind.  Yesterday, I read an old post from Lisa Frideborg Lloyd on peri-menopause.  The bit that stayed with me (given I'm not at the peri-menopause yet), was that she looked at 4 aspects of a woman's life, 4 aspects of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother, Queen, Crone.  As I said yesterday, I'm not very convinced by Marie Brennan's "Bride" aspect.  To me, that's not really about a woman's life phase, as much as about joining with another - a choice, but not an aspect of self, maybe?  So, if I were to create a five-tiered structure, following the pentagram notion, I might prefer to amalgamate these two into: Maiden, Warrior, Mother, Queen, Crone.

I'll think about this a bit more.  If I were to use that structure for a Goddess Pentagram, I think I would use different Goddesses to those in my circle...

4 comments:

  1. I love it when somebody (Eowyn) trows a pebble in a pound and everything starts to move
    You two have made me think about transformation a lot. Even this morning I was spontaneously singing my own Dutch transformation song to the goddess while driving to town.:D

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    1. I love the sound of that, Ellen! And I totally agree, sometimes we just need that little push to find something that is really helpful :)

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  2. I have to say, your chanting meditations are inspiring. Makes me want to try it.

    Hope you are continuing to enjoy it.

    Much Love,
    MM

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    1. I certainly am, though I got cut a bit short this morning. Well, my yoga practice went a bit long ;) Hope you do give it a go, you might really enjoy it!
      Chanting Hugs,
      Kxx

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