Eowyn's post, I have decided to join her in a 21 day sadhana dedicated to Kali. To reflect this, I made some altar-ations, choosing my favourite three Kali cards from various decks (the Goddess Guidance Oracle from Doreen Virtue, the Goddess Oracle from Marashinsky and Janto, and the Oracle of Shadows and Light by Cavendish and Beckett-Griffith - US version). I also chose black hematite and black tiger eye stones for the earth section of my altar, my black 54 bead mala, and left the orange altar cloth to provide contrast.
In terms of my practice, I wanted to keep things fairly simple. I set up my altar, lit a candle, and created a list of changes I want to bring into my life. I decided to phrase these as happening, rather than simply desired, as I think this speaks more directly to the unconscious. I decided on just four phrases:
After doing the set-up, I practiced 4 sun salute A's and 4 sun salute B's (including some dancing warriors, which seemed appropriate for Kali), while silently chanting Om Krim Kalikaye Namaha with each breath (inhale and exhale combined). I tried to focus on each one of my changes with one sun salute of each type. Then, I sat and chanted 108 repetitions of the mantra out loud.
It's interesting, I just finished a fantasy novel yesterday (Doppelgänger by Marie Brennan), which made me think about the aspects of the Goddess. While there are many triple Goddess variants, she proposed five aspects: Maiden, Bride, Warrior, Mother, Crone. I like the addition of the Warrior, though I'm less sure about the Bride. In the novel, it was so that there could be an aspect for each of the four elements, and for the Void/Spirit. I think I will incorporate this into my calling of the quarters: adding Kali for the Void after calling Oya (Air), Brigid (Fire), Cerridwen (Water) and Hekate (Earth).