The Hindu Goddess Kali helps to bring about the death of our egos. She destroys Maya or the illusion of reality which is lived through our egos. Kali represents overcoming our attachments to our bodies by helping us to realize that we are souls temporarily living in a human state of existence. Our true state lies in our light body or our soul. She liberates us from illusion and helps us to transcend spiritually.
The ego trembles with fear when Kali is invoked and it will try as hard as it can to hang onto any shred of existence within us. This is why when you are experiencing an “ego death” you may experience negative emotions because your soul is cleaning out the last remnants of what the ego originally created to protect you from. Although now those things and ways of thinking and being no longer serve you. And she helps us to come to terms with that so we can start living authentically.
The ego is not “bad” necessarily. It is usually something that was created in our younger years to protect us or to help us live, adapt and deal with life. But as we grow and raise our vibrations, these old ways of dealing with life no longer serve us. So the ego must be destroyed in order to fully grow into the people we are meant to be.
For those interested in connecting with this Goddess, prints along with prayer cards can be found in my shop.
Isis, the Egyptian Mother Goddess of the universe, was the first Goddess I ever worked with. I find that many people I’ve met over the years within the spiritual/Goddess community also had their first Goddess experience with Isis. She is an easy Goddess to connect with, possibly because she exudes a loving, accepting and motherly energy. She accepts all who go to Her.
Although, She is so much more than a loving Mother Goddess. She is healer, doctor, practitioner of magic, fertile womb and Creatrix of the Cosmos. Her energy is like a thread of consciousness which connects back to source/collective conscious energy. She essentially represents Goddess Consciousness. Anytime you work with a deity, you are essentially tapping into their unique consciousness. So this is why it’s a good idea to be mindful of the deities and spirits you work with.
You can of course also be called to serve a deity. But that’s a subject for a whole other blog post! Connecting with Goddess Consciousness is so essential in this present reality that we live in. And in my opinion, the best way to be introduced to Goddess Consciousness, is through Isis. So to honor Her accepting and patient energy, I decided to paint her.
In this painting, Isis sits on the warm Egyptian sands in a traditional pose with her wings stretched out far and wide. The gleaming white pyramids (yes, the pyramids as they originally looked were white so the sun reflected off them) stand in their magnificence behind her. Over her head, the Eye of Horus sits in a sacred triangle floating in the Cosmos. The Eye of Horus represents the third eye, intuition and our direct energetic connection to source.
It is said that the Eye of Horus resembles the pineal gland which is the physical gland of our third eye. Lots of consciousness symbolism within the Eye of Horus. And of course Horus is the son of Isis so she is connected to source energy also. On the bottom of the painting, pink Egyptian lotuses rise up to greet their Great Mother.
For those of you interested in this piece, prints can be found in my shop. How many of you have worked with Isis?
Ancient Goddess sculptures have always fascinated me. Their representative nature is so deeply understood by those who honored Her long ago. Hand-sculpted with large, pregnant-looking bellies, round breasts and cavernous hips, which translate to mean fertility. There really only could be one meaning for these ancient statuettes, it seems. And that is a representation of the fruitful and life-giving Mother.
After studying these figurines for years, I decided it was time to paint them. I really wanted to portray them in connection to their innate representation. That of being connected with the fertility of the feminine and of the earth. Each Goddess is featured with vines wrapped around Her, flowers and trees. The series consists of three watercolor paintings which are:
Venus of Willendorf- This ancient Goddess statuette is some 30,000 years old and was found at a Paleolithic site near Willendorf, Austria. She is carved from limestone and then tinted with red ochre. She wears what seems to be some kind of headdress upon her head. In this painting, she is surrounded by bright yellow and purple flowers and has vines wrapped around her sacred body.
Sleeping Priestess of Malta- This painting was inspired by the ancient Maltese figurine, the Dreamer of Malta. This statuette dates back to 3000 B.C.E. and was found in the Hypogeum on the island of Malta. The Hypogeum is a catacomb-like, underground chamber that is thought to have been used for dream incubation. In this painting, the priestess is sleeping soundly while the vines from moon-flowers wrap around her body. She is dreaming of the moon and stars overhead.
Venus of Lespugue- This beautifully carved, ancient Goddess statuette is some 24,000 years old and was found in Lespugue, France. It is carved from tusk ivory and in my opinion is one of the most beautiful, carved pieces I have ever seen. If you have a chance, look up the actual statue and you will see what I’m talking about. The breasts and hips in this statuette are the most exaggerated out of the Venus figurines. In the painting I created in her honor, She is portrayed as a tree. She grows up from the ground as her limbs stretch up to meet the sky. Flowers and vines wrap around her to reclaim her fertile body.
All of these paintings can be found in my shop as prints and prayer cards. Have any of you ever honored these ancient Goddess figurines?
It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a giveaway. So in honor of my new blog, I’m having a giveaway for one of my 5×7 art prints of Green Tara! In order to enter you must follow this blog and then comment on this post that you followed.
The winner will be chosen randomly with random.org and will be announced this Friday May 18. You will get a notification of the winner in your inbox. Thank you to everyone who has helped to support my art career over the years and good luck to all who enter!
“As we strive to become more aware of ourselves, we have to see more of ourselves, and this includes more of our shadow.” – Caroline Myss
We all have light and dark aspects about ourselves. This sacred duality is what makes us who we are. In order to truly know, love and accept ourselves, we must also learn to know, love and accept our shadow self. Shadow does not mean “evil” or “bad”. It can be the parts of ourselves that we do not necessarily like but is part of who we are nonetheless. Things like jealousy, anxiety, fearful thinking, insecurity, neediness, judging, anger, etc. These parts of ourselves can feel shameful and we may be embarrassed that we as spiritual beings have these base, human qualities. But alas, we are human. We are spiritual beings having a human experience yes, but we are still human. So having these aspects of our personality is normal and natural.
Should we try to overcome these aspects about ourselves that we don’t like? Absolutely! If you feel that these things are holding you back from being a better person. If you feel that you can overcome your shadow aspects and strive to grow spiritually. That is a good goal to shoot for. Just keep in mind that trying to overcome these things does not mean that we are flawed in the first place. It means that we are human and as such we will be endowed with human qualities which include good and bad, light and dark. It also means that while we are working to overcome these things, we also need to accept these parts of ourselves in order to truly feel whole and to truly love who we are. All of who we are. Not just the parts of our personalities that we like. But also the parts that we don’t.
I always viewed the Norse Goddess Hel as representing the light and dark aspects of humans. She is the Goddess of the Underworld who is depicted as having half of her body as that of a beautiful, vibrant woman. And the other half as being a rotting corpse or skeleton. This represents (in my opinion) the light and dark aspects of her. She is fierce and true to herself regardless of whether or not she has darkness inside her. She has her conflicting personalities out in the open for everyone to see. She is not afraid to show the world that she has a dark side to her lightness. We too have these conflicting personalities. And in order to truly feel whole, we need to learn to love them both.
We need to wear our darkness and our lightness on our sleeves so to speak. We need to not be afraid of judgement from the world for showing who we truly are. Just like Hel, we need to learn to be confident and comfortable in our darkness as well as our light. Because it is part of who we are and we can’t choose to love only one aspect of ourselves or we will never truly love ourselves.
For those of you who are interested in this painting, you can find prints and prayer cards in my shop. How do you connect with your shadow self?