Week 4 – Psychic Tide, Maiden Goddess, Meeting Your Spirit Guide

June 2, 2010 at 3:10 am (Uncategorized)

Psychic Tide
Time has cycles which repeat constantly. They are created and they are the effect of movement. These cycles range from 24 hours until the Great Year, which is 19,200 years. “As above, so below.” All these cycles represent the universe as a whole. When the Goddess represented the many souls from herself and put them into life, they went through involution, or the movement downward into the utmost density, which is the earth. This is also the physical plane. Once arriving there, the souls began moving back up through the seven planes, or spiritual evolution. These two processes form a whole. Involution is the dark half or the yin, which spirals inward and is contemplative and esoteric. Evolution is the light half, spirals outward, is active and exoteric. All cycles possess these two halves, mirroring the universe. Darkness always precedes life; involution always precedes evolution. The cycles of time are known as the psychic tide. The inner and outer movement of the energy is like the tide of the ocean. In the tides is the dark half, going inward. This is a time of contemplation, examination, and ridding things from one’s self and physical manifestation, creation, and beginnings of new projects. Both sides of the tide propel you forward in its own way. It is a perpetual cycle of consolidation, which is the dark followed by growth, which is the light, followed by consolidation, and then more growth. Neither can be sustained without balance. The dark half is the night, and the light half.

Dark Half – Energy directed inwards to replenish the earth
Earth

  • Night
  • Winter and Spring – The winter is for looking inward and ridding ourselves of unwanted aspects. During the winter, people may become depressed because they don’t have the sun of the god.

Moon

  • Waning moon (full – new)

Release bad habits
Examine our shadows

Light Half – Energy directed outwards to make way for the fruits, plants
Earth

  • Day
  • Summer and Autumn

Moon

  • Waxing moon (new – full)

Manifestation to bring about goals and desires.

The lunar cycle has a stronger effect on us than does the earthly cycle.

The Goddess – Maiden, Mother, and Crone

Maiden
The maiden is generally seen as a young woman. A range of portrayals:

  • Athena, Vesa – Virginal
  • Hathor, Venus – Sexual young woman

She is the goddess of beginnings, growth, and expansion. She is symbolized by the waxing moon. She rules over the dawn, Spring, and the direction of East. She is the goddess of passion and creativity, all arts and crafts and sciences are sacred to her.
Tends to be portrayed in one of three main forms:

  • Artist – Goddess of mind, intellect, and inspiration). She is portrayed with flowers. Goddesses Brigid, Flora, Cor, Sesheta
  • Guardian – champion of quests, heros, defender of those in need, and causes. Goddesses Artemis, Durga
  • Lover – Goddess of love, beauty and sexuality. Goddesses Hathor, Venus

These do not have to be expressed separately. Some goddesses have two or more aspects of the maiden goddess.

Maiden Goddesses
Athena – tutelary goddess of the city-state Athens. Goddess of the mind and intellect. Patron of arts and crafts, especially weaving. Goddess of the sciences. Had an owl. Warrior goddess inspires people to great acts. Acts as a protector, especially women.

Brigid – (‘Breed’) Celtic goddess of fire and inspiration, rules over the arts and crafts, especially poetry, smith craft, and medicine. Music is sacred, and she is a patron of the sacred bards. Cunning, and can overcome all obstacles. Likened to the spirit of grain and corn dollies are made to represent her. Her festival is ‘candlemass’ and celebrated on February 1st.

Hathor – Egyptian goddess of love, beauty and person l fulfillment. Depicted as a cow or head of cow. Patron of art music and dance, all things beautiful and pleasing. Symbolized by a mirror representing self knowledge and fulfillment. Identified with the sky, the consort of Horus, the sun god. Her name means “home of Horus.” Unlike many, she has aspects as a mother goddess.

Vesta – Roman goddess of the hearth fire, protector of the home and the people in it. Safety. Sober and dignified maiden. Patron of the homely arts such as cooking, weaving. Protector of the virtuous and the weak. Former times. Served by vestal virgins, celibate spirits who took care of the the spirit of Rome.

Herb Cabinet:
Begin collecting herbs. Herbs will generally not last more than a year once they are cut. The magical potency is the essence of the spell. Consider also getting essential oils, which are strictly from the plant (nothing blended). Oil essences are blended and generally cheaper. Should be out of the sunlight and near the altar. Start collecting jars. Herbs need to stay in the jar, and could double their length of potency.

Meditation – Meet your spirit guide
Relax your body. Take three deep breaths each inspiration, pause, expiration, and pause taking 3 seconds long. Imagine that you are walking to a door of the building you are in. Before walking out, you take off your shoes, then open the door, step through the doorway, and find a different pair of shoes to put on. What do they look like? What are they made out of? You walk into a setting that is of a medieval village. Look down at your feet and notice what you are wearing. Notice all that is happening around you. What do you see, hear, and smell? Walk through the village and notice that the path or road through the village becomes a path that leads through a forest. The path ends at a beach. You take off your shoes and decide to walk along the shore.

You see a dock further down the shore, with a boat waiting for you, and you walk to it. Once on the dock, you step into the boat. What kind of a boat is it? Know that at all times, you are safe. No harm will come to you or anyone during this journey. There is a person who begins making the boat leave the dock and head into the open waters. You acknowledge that person. The boat moves through the open water and eventually into a fog. Eventually, the boat emerges from the fog and you see that it is sunny and beautiful. You also notice that there is an island in the distance, which is where the boat is headed. You enjoy the boat ride and feel the warmth of the sun. The boat eventually docks, and you step out.

Another person meets you, and you walk together silently. The silence is just to allow you to be present, and the person who is walking with you wants to give you that space. You walk down a path away from the shore and towards a small village that is built in ways that are much closer to the earth. What do you see, hear, and smell? What are the small buildings made of? What are the people doing in and around the village? You continue down the path, out of the village, and through an apple orchard. The person motions that you may pick an apple, but are not to eat it. What kind of an apple do you choose? You continue down the path, place the apple in a pocket, and out of the apple orchard. You continue up a moderate incline. Eventually, the path leads to the top of a hill, where you see a set of large stones place in circle. These are long, flat, and very large stones, and it looks very much like Stonehenge. You and your walking partner stop at the edge of the stone circle. Take breath and notice what you see, hear, and smell. You notice that the energy level is very high here and it fills you up.

Suddenly, a tree begins to grow from the center of the stone circle. It grows to be a tremendous tree with power and presence. Take a moment to quietly observe the tree and its energy. A beautiful woman emerges from the center of the tree. Her energy is very powerful. It is the Goddess. You embrace each other.

As you release and step back from the embrace, she asks you to turn around. You see your spirit guide, the one guide who stays with you for the entire duration of your life. There are many guides who will be and have been present during your life, but this is the one who is always present. What does your spirit guide look like? What is your spirit guide wearing? Ask for your spirit guide for her/his name. Know that the name may be one that you’re not necessarily familiar with. It may come from another time and another place. If a name is given and unfamiliar, do not try to change it into one that is more familiar. Regardless of whether or not you guide shares her/his name, your guide acknowledges that you can call upon her/him at any time. You may ask your spirit guide one question right now. After your guide provides an answer, you thank her/him. You turn towards the Goddess and thank her.

Your walking partner takes you to the edge of the stone circle, and you step out heading down the path. You walk together, past the apple orchard, through the small village, back to the shore, onto the dock, and you step into the boat. You thank your walking partner. While on the boat traveling back from where you came, you take some moments to be with the experience that you just had. The boat travels back through the fog and returns to the original dock. Before stepping out, you reach into your pocket and hand the apple to the person who made the boat travel, thanking her/him for a safe passage. You step out of the boat, onto the dock, and make your way down the beach to pick up your shoes. You put your shoes on, continue down the path towards the medieval village, down the main path or road, and back to the doorway of the building where you first started. You take off the shoes, walk through the doorway, and put your own shoes back on. Take a breath, and when you are ready, move your fingers and toes, and open your eyes.

Here is a different meditation for meeting one’s spirit guide:

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