Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Kali Sadhana

Inspired by 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 (Doppelg√§nger 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).

6 comments:

  1. I've said this to Eowyn already: chanting makes me feel tensed and restless. I do resonate with the warrior aspect of the Goddess. I see it in Kali but also in Sekhmet and Freya . All women should have a solid relationship with their inner warrior.:)
    Perhaps it's a good idea to write down my own affirmations of change

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    1. Yes, I love the warrior aspect of the Goddess :) I love chanting, but different things suit different people. Would be interested to read your affirmation of change, too!

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  2. Thank you for joining me in this sadhana. I like your modifications. I like the idea of Kali for the Void. I still call the elements at the quarters and have not tried goddess aspects yet. Perhaps I should give that some thought. Hm, now who would I select for each. For me, Artemis has to be in there somewhere for sure! Must think more on this. :)

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    1. Thank you for suggesting it! Really found the first day good :)
      I think I'd probably put Artemis in the Air position, with her bow and arrow and her clarity, but that's just me. Will be interested to read about it if you do choose Goddesses for the elements :)

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  3. love this, i will start in january. :-) thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. You're welcome, I got a lot out of my sadhana to Kali :)

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