Making Positive Changes with Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom
December 16th is set aside on the Greco-Roman calendar for the goddesses Sophia and Sapientia. You may notice the word “sapiens” in the name Sapientia, as this is the Roman Latin word for “wisdom”. This is why we humans are called “Homo Sapiens”.
But the Romans “stole” this goddess from the Greeks, and to them she was called Sophia, the Goddess of Wisdom. This Greek principle was actually adopted by the Gnostic Christians and she was the primordial female force in the cosmos. She was sometimes called Pistis Sophia because Sophia descended from the “goddess” Pistis (which means “faith”) who was one of the rulers before the cosmos was even created. Because of her Christian “roots”, Sophia was widely worshipped during this time of early Christian influence.
According to the Gnostic Christian writers of the time, who were a blend of Judaic, ancient near-Eastern and Greek philosophies, Sophia is described as a primeval element of light. She as Pistis was one of the Archons (“rulers”), the primordial celestial deities of the universe and the creators of mankind. In the war between light and dark, Pistis Sophia was the challenger to the primordial “shadow” that became chaos. She also acts as a mediator between the immortal Archons and humans, or “Homo Sapiens”.
This is the time of year when we look forward to the Mid-Winter Solstice. Even though it is the shortest day and longest night, we know that every day after will bring more and more light as we approach the warmth of Spring. One week after the Mid-Winter Solstice we plan to celebrate the time of Janus, where the month of January gets its name, the time of looking ahead and making resolutions and looking back and analyzing what lessons we have learned over the past year.
You can use the power of Sophia to bring back the light in your life, to make wise decisions and to set goals for the coming year. For this spell, you only need a candle (color of your choice, white is ideal), a pen, a piece of paper, a calendar and your will to take control of your future.
Gather these items and call to Sophia:
“At this time of the waning light,
Awaiting the rebirth of the sun;
I call to the primeval element of light,
Pistis Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom.”
Light the candle and say:
“I light this candle in honor of You,
To attune with your brilliance.
In this coming year of new,
Please guide my pans with intelligence.”
Now get out your pen and paper.
Look over the past year and ask yourself what lessons you learned (“mistakes” are learning experiences after all!) and what changes you need to make so that the coming year runs more smoothly. Brainstorm and make a list of goals that you would like to achieve for yourself. Next, figure out what you need to do to accomplish those goals. Now, put these items in order of importance. Spread them out over the span of the entire year if you need to. Don’t try to makeover your entire life in a couple of weeks. Be honest with yourself and take baby steps if you have a lot to get done. “One thing at a time” as they say.
Then, get out your calendar for next year. Write in brightly colored marker when you will tackle each thing on your list. When working on things that you wish to attract to you, place these things on the parts of the calendar where the moon is waxing. Conversely, when working on things to rid from your life, place these “to-do’s” at the time of the Waning Moon. It’s also a good idea to not make any plans during the time of Mercury Retrograde or when the moon is Void-of-Course as you may get frustrated because these plans will likely not get off the ground. Again, spread your work out and allow yourself plenty of time to get it all done. Slow and steady is just fine.
Whew! That was a lot of work, but, you didn’t do it alone, you had the help of a goddess. Make sure to giver Sophia your thanks.
“Pistis Sophia, my thanks to You,
For guiding this work I do.
For the good of all and harm to none,
So say I, so shall it be done!”
The next step is to tap into the faith aspect of Pistis Sophia. You have to have faith in yourself that you will make these positive changes. Keep in mind that others may not have the same faith in you as you have in yourself, so you may want to keep this your little secret. Their negative “jabs” may just get you to quit, so don’t give them the opportunity! Just keep plugging away, and you’ll get your “to-do” list crossed off in no time. If you feel like something on your list is too tough, simply light a candle and call to Sophia to help you puzzle it out. Also, to keep the faith, support your physical actions with visualization ad affirmations. If things don’t play out as you have planned, that’s OK, just reformulate your plan and keep at it. Don’t ever give up on yourself!
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